The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to announce that it will host two holiday creativity workshops on Wednesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

On December 11, local artist Wendy Rosenberg will present “The Art of Gratitude.” In this workshop, she explores creative ways to make gratitude fun, not just something people "should" do, but something that they can't resist doing because it is so enjoyable and the effects are so powerful.

“What if gratitude was not just a concept, but it was something you could actually touch with your hands?” she asked. “Connecting to a true sense of gratitude can bring so much more meaning to the holidays.”

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Participants will leave the workshop with a completed poem and a "Gratitude Garland," which is a lovely decoration for their home, and a reminder of the greatest gifts throughout the holidays and winter season.

On Wednesday, December 18 Ms. Rosenberg will present “The Art of Giving.”

This time of year is focused on giving. While the holidays often emphasize giving and receiving tangible products, giving from the heart is often the most meaningful gesture of all, she said. “We just need to open our minds and imaginations.”

In this workshop, she will guide participants through creative exercises that explore the role of service in their lives. They will both honor the ways they have given to others in the past, and discover new opportunities for sharing their gifts in the future. Participants will look at service through a lens of creativity and fun, and discover that the most meaningful gifts are often the most simple.

The workshops are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) Register by visiting the library’s website and clicking on the Calendar link, or by calling 908.789.4090 ext 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”