Light lunch at the library

The Searsmont Historical Society and the Searsmont Town Library are teaming up to offer light lunch for seniors at the library on the last Friday of each month.

The first luncheon will be on Friday, Jan. 25, at 12:15 p.m. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the luncheon will be held the next day, Saturday the 26th, at the same time.

We’ll be serving something warm from the slow cooker (soup or stew) along with sandwiches, biscuits, fruit and cookies. Lunch will be served in the upstairs lobby of the Searsmont Community Center, and coffee will be served in the library following lunch with music, games, puzzles and good conversation.

The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to me by calling 342-2538, and leave a message so that we have an idea of how many people plan to attend. Also, if you need transportation to and from the library, let us know and we will do our best to arrange transport.

This seems like a pleasant way to spend a winter afternoon. Hope to see you there.

Searsmont Town Library

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