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MRL Announces Holiday Schedule

Elkton Community Library kicks off the holiday season with its second Holiday Open House slated for Sunday, December 1, 2-4 PM.

Elkton Branch manager Kimberly Sampson says musicians Ken "Bucky" Monger, (autoharp); Eric Wimer, (keyboard); Paul Harlow, (vocalist); and Tony Plume (vocalist) will be on hand to provide musical entertainment.

"Between musical performances we will have library patrons reading their favorite Christmas stories from their childhoods. Origami demonstrations will also happen throughout the event and we will have two holiday craft opportunities for the young and young-at-heart. The afternoon will conclude with a carol sing."

According to Sampson, a big hit at last year's event was the Elkton Community Library Memory Tree providing highlights of 2013 at the Elkton branch. "People are already asking about this year's tree," says Sampson. "The local garden club provides gorgeous live arrangements for the event," continues Sampson. "I didn't know what to expect when I planned the event for 2012. There were a number of other events happening in Elkton on the same date but the turnout was good and everyone seemed to have a great time."

For the first time, the Main Library will feature a Holiday Gift Show for shoppers on Friday, December 6, 12 noon - 7 PM, and Saturday, December 7, 12 noon - 4 PM. Various direct sales agents and local crafters will be on hand. The December 6 evening hours coincide with the Harrisonburg Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The a cappella singing group, Good Company, will provide holiday music Friday, 5:30-6:30 PM, while shoppers are at MRL. For more information on this two-day event, contact Lora Rose, 434.4475, ext. 125, or Kim Haines, 434.4475, ext. 135.

Winter Wonderland @ Your Library will occur Saturday, December 7, 2 PM, at the Main Library. Children of the Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music Program will perform holiday music in this annually scheduled event.

Rockingham Ballet Theatre dancers will perform at a special storytime of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 14, 12:30 PM, at the Main Library.

Teen Winter Celebration @ Your Library is scheduled Saturday, December 14, 2 PM at the Main Library. Teens, ages 12-17, may engage in fun, games, and food for the holiday season.

The recently established Playful Puppets of Massanutten Regional Library will join special guest Mrs. Claus for antics, cookie decorating, and Christmas stories Saturday, December 21, 1 PM.

Santa himself will break away from all his duties and join Mrs. Claus to visit Page Public Library Monday, December 23, 10 AM.

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