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by Mary Ann McGrath

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Keep those knitting needles busy with the inspiration provided by the many knitting instruction books to be found at the Abington Community Library, including three of the newest added to the collection just last week.

“50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving,” by the Editors of Sixth and Spring Books: These patterns range in skill levels from easy to more challenging, with a focus on smaller projects that are great for last-minute gifts. From New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day to Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Days, summer, back-to-school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, there are patterns for home décor items, personal accessories, and garments, with special holiday and seasonal touches. Get started on a “Ghoulish Ghost Hat” or maybe even a “Felted Trick-or-Treat Bag,” just in time for October 31.

“Knits for Dolls: 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls,” by Nicky Epstein: Little girls’ favorite dolls will look more fashionable than ever in a wardrobe created from these patterns. Try the lacy princess gown, complete with robe and crown, or a Nordic knit outfit for cold-weather fun, or even a mini-dress with glittery touches and a fanciful pirate outfit complete with skull and crossbones knitted in. There are patterns for various levels of knitting skill.

“Monster Knits for Little Monsters,” by Nuriya Khegay: Keep infants and toddlers warm with imagination in these animal-themed coverall hats, mittens and booties sets. Choose designs from five chapters: Cuddly Critters, Feathered Friends, Huggable Horrors, Adorable Animals, and Festive Friends. The full-color closeups of youngsters provide ideas for color combinations and added touches.

“Book A Trip” is the theme for a series of upcoming after-school programs geared to boys and girls age seven through 10. The first program will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Story Room. The destination is Ireland, children will have fun while learning facts and folklore , including the legend of the first Jack o’ lantern.

Pre-registration is requested, call (570) 587-3440.

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