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Barker Library lists upcoming programs

The Darwin R. Barker Library, located at 7 Day St., Fredonia is planning a number of events for the coming weeks, including:

– A solo exhibition of 18 oil paintings by Fredonia artist Thomas Annear entitled “Transformations: Time, Place and Light,” will be displayed through Dec. 22 during normal business hours. The event features more than a dozen new and recent works and explores a vital geological feature.

– A creative writing workshop takes place Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Bring a pen or pencil and notebook. Explore different themes, play with words, meet other writers. No registration is required.

– On Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. the Barker Library Book Club will meet to discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon,” by David Grann.

– Children’s programs run from through Dec. 19. Barker Library storytimes will be held Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers and Tuesdays, afterschool at 4:15 p.m. for all ages. Join in for stories, movies, crafts and play. All children are welcome. No registration is necessary. There will be no storytime Tuesday, Dec. 12.

– Technology Training – “Getting started with Cricut-Holiday Craft” will be offered Friday at 1 p.m. Use the Library’s Cricut to create and make take-home crafts including vinyl stickers to decorate glass containers. Children must be supervised. Space is limited, so registration is required. Free of charge. A waitlist will be used for future Cricut classes. Call 716 672-8051.

The library will continue offering individual computer tutoring in December on Mondays and Thursdays by appointment. Specify needs. Dell laptops are available to borrow. Walk-ins based on availability.

Fill out a slip to be entered into a free drawing for a holiday gift bag, sponsored by the friends of the Barker Library. The drawing will take place Monday, Dec. 18.

– Lending a Helping Hand program: the generous and talented members of the Thursday Knitting Group at St. Joseph’s Church have donated items for local children in need. Hand knit hats can be found in the Children’s Room. Take a warm winter hat for a child in need.

– Support the Barker and gift a piece of local history program: Barker Bricks made from clay from the same site as the bricks used to build the 1821 Barker house, each stamped 1821, are available for purchase for $10 each at the library. The ornaments (1 ¼ x ¾) were donated by Ron Nasca of Mudslingers Studio in Fredonia.

– Seed Library update:vegetable seeds for any indoor winter gardening projects and some native wildflower seeds for winter sowing are available. Ask about the new record-keeping system. Seed donations accepted.

– Oral History Kits are available for all Barker Library patrons over the age of 16. Ask at the Circulation Desk.

Local artists are invited to submit their artwork for display at the library. Mediums include photography, painting, illustration, mixed media, jewelry, small sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, glass arts and fabric arts. Self-taught and professional artists from Chautauqua County are welcome to submit artwork. For more information, visit the website at

Call for Local Artists

The library will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday Dec. 25 for Christmas and Friday, Dec. 30 through Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

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