The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to offer three creative and holiday-oriented programs in early December. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., accomplished artist Joy Cabanos will celebrate the holidays with hand-folded Origami stars. She will lead this fun beginners workshop on Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding.

“This is a wonderful way to enjoy handcrafting ornaments for your homes, and give yourself the wonderful gift of living your creativity in a festive and meaningful way,” she said.

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This program is currently open to Westfield resident cardholders only. After Nov. 27, MURAL cardholders may sign up, space permitting.

Make a Holiday Candle from a Book! This will be taught on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. by librarian Marge Barkan. She will show workshop members how to recycle books into a creative candle for the holidays or home décor.

Marge will teach how to fold the pages of a book and turn them into a candle with an actual tea light (battery operated of course). All materials will be provided and participants can choose from various decorative accents to complete the candle design.

Due to the hands–on nature of this class, registration is limited to Westfield Resident Cardholders only. Beginning Dec. 3, MURAL patrons may register, space permitting.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Joy Cabanos will offer a second class: Watercolor Basics for Beginners. “Watercolors can be easy, fun and very expressive,” she wrote in her description of the class. Participants will learn wet-on-wet watercolor technique to create a bright and festive holiday floral painting, while experimenting with basic technique and special effects.

Participants may bring their own paints, brushes, paper, water containers and backing boards if they have them. If not, these materials will be provided.

This program is currently open to Westfield resident cardholders only. After December 4, MURAL cardholders may sign up, space permitting.

The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 40+ libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries.

Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.) To register, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.