Cookie Walk? Your Library Just Became Even Sweeter

December 16, 2018

ddly enough have, I just heard, for the first time, of a Cookie Walk, and I do not think there is anything more rewarding than seeing countless pounds of homemade cookies head off to new homes for the holidays.

And that’s just what the Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library envision as they plan their first Holiday Cookie Walk for Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., at 1023 Massachusetts Ave.

“The Cookie Walk is a new way for the Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library to reach out to the community,” says Susan Ahearn, a member of the Friends. “We want to offer a variety of sweet treats for visitors to take home to family and friends.”

Visitors to the cookie walk can purchase a holiday-themed pastry box for $10, then stroll along tables laden with a variety of cookies to fill their boxes, while enjoying holiday music and cheer.

“The Friends’ talented volunteer bakers have generously offered to provide the cookies,” Susan says. “We have many wonderful local home bakers that will make several dozen cookies each.”

Also at the library the same night will be the annual reading “The Polar Express,” from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Children’s Story/Craft Room, adorned with holiday decorations.

“The Polar Express” is a story about one young boy whose friends are beginning to doubt Santa’s existence. He stays awake listening for that telltale jingle to validate his faith. What he hears instead is the toot of a train horn, signaling the beginning of one of the most beautiful Christmas books of all time.

“We welcome children to put on your pajamas, head to the library and sip on some hot cocoa as they sit back and enjoy this classic story by Christopher VanAllsburg,” says Martha Moore, director of Lunenburg Public Library. “If we are lucky and have all been very good, we might have a chance to share a moment or two with a very special visitor.”

Afterwards, the children are welcomed to create a little train out of pieces of candy.

“The Friends group has been thinking about doing a Cookie Walk for about a year, since one of its board members learned about them through another library,” Martha says. “We started planning this event in October.”

The money raised will support library programming for adults, teens and children, as well as a host of other things.

“We love having people gather at the library -- it’s a great way to connect with people in the community while you’re enjoying an interesting fun talk or activity,” Martha says. “Our goal for the last several years is to make the Lunenburg Public Library a real community center, and programs like this are definitely one way of doing that.”

There are many events to enjoy at Lunenburg Public Library, such as weekly story times for all ages, Let’s Build with Legos, Let’s Paint, STEM Saturday, book groups, Power Hour Homework Hour, Teen Video Game Night/Board Game Night, and a Small Works of Art exhibit on display now through Jan. 3.

Also, for an evening out for adults, Food and Flicks Night is held the second Friday of each month where you can enjoy a movie and delicious food.

“We draw people into the library, and they leave with something they didn’t have when they entered -- a win-win as they say,” Martha adds. “At our first Cookie Walk, there will be yummy holiday cookies, a nice holiday tradition, and something fun for the kids to do. What more could you want?”

Call 978-582-4140 or visit www.lunenburg library.org .

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