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Dec. 24-28

SPL closed

Sweetwater Public Library will be closed for Christmas from Tuesday, Dec. 24, to Thursday, Dec. 26.

Dec. 24-28

MPL closed

Madisonville Public Library will be closed for Christmas from Dec. 24-28.

Dec. 27

After-Christmas Dinner

The Tellico Plains Food Pantry will hold an After-Christmas Dinner with all the fixings on Friday, Dec. 27, at 5 p.m. at the Tellico Plains Community Center. This is a free community dinner. Donations will be accepted.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1

SPL closed

Sweetwater Public Library will be closed for New Year’s on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1

MPL closed

Madisonville Public Library will be closed for New Year’s on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Preschool storytime at MPL

Madisonville Public Library will hold free preschool storytime on Thursdays in January at 11 a.m. Children will be read to and will also be able to do a craft.

Jan. 4

Canvas painting class at MPL

Madisonville Public Library will hold a flower and ladybug canvas painting class on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class and supplies are free. Spots are limited, however, so be sure to sign up in advance by stopping by the library or calling with your library card number. All ages are welcome.

Jan. 8

MPL Book Club

The Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 1-2 p.m. at Madisonville Public Library to discuss the book, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens.

Jan. 9

MPL presentation

There will be a “New Year, New You: Health and Wellness” presentation at Madisonville Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 3:30-5 p.m. This is a free event and no prior registration is required. Everyone welcome.

Jan. 10

Sewing class at MPL

Madisonville Public Library will hold a coin purse sewing class on Friday, Jan. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration required. Participants will need to bring a sewing machine, but the class and supplies are free.

Jan. 11

Canvas painting class at MPL

Madisonville Public Library will hold a canvas painting class on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class and supplies are free for participants. All ages are welcome. Spots are limited so please sign up in advance by stopping by the library or calling with your library card number.

Jan. 16

Essential oils presentation

Madisonville Public Library will hold an “Intro to Essential Oils” presentation on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 3:30-5 p.m. This is a free presentation and no registration is required.

Jan. 17, 24 & 31

Table runner quilting class

Madisonville Public Library will hold a table runner quilting class on Fridays, Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Come learn how to piece and quilt a reversible table runner. This is a three-part course so please make sure you can attend all three classes. Pre-registration is required, and you will need to bring a sewing machine. The class and supplies are free. Sign up by stopping by or calling the library with your library card number.

Jan. 18

Art class at MPL

On Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Madisonville Public Library will hold an art class to teach participants how to create a monogram on a canvas. The class and supplies are free. Spots are limited. Pre-register by stopping by or calling the library with your library card number. All ages are welcome.

Jan. 20

County Library Board meeting

There will be a County Library Board meeting at Madisonville Public Library on Monday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 23

City Library Board meeting

The (Madisonville) City Library Board will meet at Madisonville Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25

Colored pencil class at MPL

Madisonville Public Library will hold a free colored pencil class on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to draw with colored pencils. Spots are limited. Sign up in advance by stopping by or calling the library with your library card number. All ages welcome.

Jan. 27

Ballplay Ruritan Club meeting

The Ballplay Ruritan Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting of Ballplay Fellowship Hall, located at 157 Ballplay School Road in Tellico Plains. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting.

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