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Holiday happenings among the books


‘Tis almost the season,

But who needs a reason

To shop ‘til you drop


In “De Old Friends Book Shoppe.”

Paperbacks, hardbacks -- bargains galore!

Who could ask for anything more?

Hardbacks, a few dollars; paperbacks a few cents --


OK, now I’ve dropped enough hints.

Come on by and take a look.

We know you’ll find many a great book!

And it’s not only the Friends Book Shop that is active this time

of year. The library staff is as busy as elves getting ready for our

fourth annual Holiday Open House.

This year’s extravaganza will be celebrated from 4 to 8 p.m.

Thursday. Tiny tots to saucy seniors will enjoy craft and ornament


making and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa from 4 to 6 p.m. Between 5

and 7 p.m., local author Bette Anderson will sign copies of her

newest book, “Close Ups,” a riveting mystery set in our very own

Laguna Beach.

Also during these two hours, the library will be filled with

delightful seasonal keyboard music played by our own pianist, Joan

Moreno. At 7 p.m., everyone will be invited to settle down by our

imaginary fireside to close this delightful holiday affair with the


masterful singing and storytelling of Ken Frawley.

The refreshments for this evening of gaiety will be most

generously donated by Wild Oats Market.

May I say to the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, on behalf of

all who enjoy not only this program but all of those the Library

offers throughout the year, a very special and a very hearty thank


From the entire library staff, we wish you all a joyous holiday


* MARIANNA HOF is the Laguna Beach branch librarian.