The holiday season has arrived and the Friends of the Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library in Epping are holding a raffle in to raise money for the many incidentals they provide to the library and its patrons. In place of their usual silent auction, the F.O.L. will raffle themed gift baskets and several local restaurant gift certificates between now and December 16th. In addition to the Starbucks basket and the Book-themed basket in the raffle, a NH-Themed basket will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Patrons use their library card number to place bids. Raffle tickets are available at the main desk, not far from the basket display, for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Winners will be selected at 7 pm on Friday, December 16th.

Interested in what the Friends do? They are now meeting on the 2nd Tuesday each month to discuss ways to support and enhance the programs offered by the library, including providing pizza and popcorn for movie nights, funding for special programs and much more! This small but enthusiastic group is always open to new members who love the library and want to find a way to give back. Their next meeting is Tuesday, December 13th at 7 pm.

The Magic of Christmas Pajama Night returns to the library Friday, December 9th. Beginning at 6:30 children ages 2-8 and their families are invited to wear their comfiest and most festive pajamas for North Pole-inspired crafts, a library-wide scavenger hunt and songs and stories celebrating the magic of the season. Please bring a snack to share to insure that there will be enough goodies for all. The library will provide egg nog, hot (but not too hot) cocoa, and plenty of good cheer.

On Friday, December 23rd there will be a special showing of Tom Hanks’ animated Christmas movie about a magical train that travels to the north pole on Christmas Eve. Beginning at 1:00 in the children’s room this might be a good diversion for the kids who are out of school and eagerly awaiting the 25th. The following week, Tuesday – Friday, will feature the library’s Vacation Movie Series, showing a different movie for kids each afternoon at 1:00. Call or stop by the library for the movie schedule.

Epping’s public library is open Monday – Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday 10 to 2. The library will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. For more information call 679-5944, or visit

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