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Continue Welcoming Winter with a cookie swap

Sandy Public Library continues series of winter events

Have a cookie recipe you’ve always wanted to share? Bring it to the Sandy Public Library and participate in the December cookie exchange.

Thea Kuziemski, who was recently hired at the Sandy Public Library, has been organizing some of the Welcoming Winter events, including the garland-making event and now the upcoming cookie exchange.

She said the new winter events are an effort to bring more folks into the library.

“After hearing feedback from the community, we are implementing an expanded programming roster for the Sandy and Hoodland public libraries,” Kuziemski said.

She added that staff have been trying to create more of a community center feel around the library.

“We’ve been running into people who don’t think about coming to the library,” Kuziemski said. The events Kuziemski has been working on are a way to bring people into the library so staff get the chance to show off library services.

Last week, crafting events were hosted at the Sandy and Hoodland libraries to get community members into the spirit of decorating for winter.

In December, the Welcoming Winter series will continue with a cookie exchange, on Dec. 18, which will offer local residents a chance to share their favorite cookie recipes.

In addition to being a forum for locals to swap cookies, the event will feature a contest.

Awards will be given to the most creative cookie, the cookie best in show and the cookie that is the most literary inspired.

To RSVP for the event, submit your cookie recipe to the library by Monday, Dec. 15. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18.

Kuziemski said she hopes to see some classic chocolate chip cookies and other holiday favorites.

She also would like to have a hot chocolate bar and music to go along with the event’s social atmosphere.

“As part of our mission, we encourage professional and personal growth and development,” Kuziemski said. “We pride ourselves in finding ways to enrich the lives of our community members. We provide a space, a reason to be creative, to grow skills and to interact with our community.”

Bring teddy bear to spend the night at the library

On Dec. 6, the teddy bears of Sandy are invited to a special overnight gathering.

Sandy Public Library’s special Teddy Bear Tea story time will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Kids are invited to come with their teddy bears to story time and then leave their friends overnight for an adventure.

The teddy bears can be picked up, along with photos documenting their slumber party, the next morning.

Thea Kuziemski said the program was a hit last year and is being repeated again this year by Children’s Librarian Monica Smith.

“Those teddy bears get up to some pretty interesting things,” Kuziemski said with a laugh.

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