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Norwood Public Library holding community party to show volunteer appreciation

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NORWOOD - The Norwood Public Library will be busy Friday night, hosting a community party, art show reception and volunteer appreciation event all in one large get together.

From 6 to 8 p.m. at the library on Morton Street, people can enjoy food, live music, and artwork at no cost.

Library Director Cheryl Mirer said that the building typically puts together some sort of holiday party in December, and this year’s event will serve other purposes as well.

“We usually have some sort of holiday party. It’s also serving as the art show reception for the show we have going on right now. The show is digital, multimedia and it is really cool,” Ms. Mirer said. “It will also be a volunteer appreciation event. Every library volunteer will be recognized and there will be many awards.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a food dish to share and enjoy for themselves as well. There will be plenty of food provided Friday evening though. “We will be getting ice cream from Stewart’s and plenty of other food from other places,” Ms. Mirer said. “It’s just a celebration of the community and to thank all of the volunteer members at the library. Our mission is to serve our community and this event is to serve the community and have a fun party with no specific agenda.

“We like to be able to provide our wider community with fun things to do.”

The art show, which includes work from Norwood artist Kristen Rozelle, runs through December.

The entertainment will be provided by local musicians Rick Williams and Mark Lyon.

“The musicians are a Mandolin Guitar duo. They are both local. I believe Mark Lyon is from here and I know Rick Williams is definitely from Norwood,” Ms. Mirer said. “The live musicians are donating their time too which is great, and this is an all-around spirited community place.”

With potential snow in the forecast and temperatures quickly dropping, residents may consider staying in on Friday. However, barring a significant storm, Ms. Mirier expects another good showing for the end of the work week festivities.

“I would say last year there were probably around 50 people here. With more events that we’ve had recently, we have had more people, so I am hoping for closer to 100 this weekend. We will have people coming and going since it is a two-hour event,” she said.

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