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ST. HELENA BRANCH

• First Friday Crafts: Create an ugly Christmas sweater on Friday, December 5 at 3 p.m., St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island. Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

• First Saturday Movie: Sponsored by the Children’s Department on Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m. at St. Helena Branch Library. Free. Contact 843-255-6541 or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org.

• Beginning Microsoft Word for first-time users of Word on Tuesday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. at St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island. Free.

Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

• Poison Pen Mystery Book Club: Bring a short description of a favorite mystery that you’ve read this year. We will pick next year’s reading list from your descriptions. Come share a holiday cookie with us on Monday, December 15 at 6 p.m. at St. Helena Branch Library. Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

• Gullah Night on the Town: Potluck, please bring heavy hors d’oeuvres on Saturday, December 13, 4 to 6 p.m., at St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island. Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

• Gingerbread Houses: Design and build an edible gingerbread house. Everyone welcome on Saturday, December 20 at noon at St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island, SC 29920. Free. Contact: Fran Hays, 843-255-6487, fhays@bcgov.net.

Website:  beaufortcountylibrary.org.

BEAUFORT BRANCH

• Beaufort Railroaders Library Train Show: The Beaufort Railroaders Model Train Club will present its 22nd annual Christmas Train Show at the Scott Street Branch of the Beaufort County Library. On exhibit will be several different scales of model and toy train layouts, large and small, some with realistic themes and some very whimsical. The train show has been enjoyed over the years by thousands who appreciate detailed modeling, action, lights, color, fun and nostalgia. The trains will be on display Tuesday, December 16 through Saturday, December 20. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday:  1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC 29902. Contact: 843-255-6456.

• The Shaping of South Carolina Exhibit: The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) is the library system’s special local history collection and archives. It supports research into the people, places, events, and themes of the community’s long, broad, and deep history.. Learn how troublesome establishing state boundaries was and remains in this traveling exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society.  Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through January 30, 2015, except as otherwise noted for holidays. Beaufort District Collection is located on the second floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. Contact Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468, gracec@bcgov.net, www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.