Holiday Happenings at The James Library

TJL 2019 Holiday Marketplace Cover
TJL 2019 Holiday Marketplace Cover
A wreath at the 2018 James Library Holiday Marketplace, courtesy image – The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, kicks off the holiday season with community events at 24 West Street, Norwell. 

Best Books of 2019 for Children

Thursday, December 5, refreshments at 6:30 pm, presentation at 7 pm

Held at Buttonwood Books and Toys, 747 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy., Cohasset

Admission is free

Not sure what the best book for your child is? Inly School Librarian, author, and national book reviewer Shelley Sommer presents her top picks for holiday gifts at this program. Shelley knows kids and what they love to read. Join us at Buttonwood Books and Toys for refreshments and to grab the children in your life their next favorite book!  Best Books sponsoring partners are Buttonwood Books and Toys and Debbie and Andy Zildjian.

The Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, December 7, 9 am to 3 pm

Holiday season cookies by Cake Monstah,
courtesy image

The James Library, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free; donations appreciated at the door

Looking for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season? Include the Marketplace when you shop this year. Artisans on three floors of the James offer quality pottery, soaps, culinary creations, textiles, jewelry, writing instruments, specialty dog foods and treats, and more for unique holiday gift giving. This season’s unique craftspeople include Wisdom River Designs Jewelry, Carberry Kitchen, Sirenetta Chocolatier, Tiny Forest Soap Company, Fire Garden Pottery, Hedgehog Belly Designs, and many more! The Holiday Marketplace is sponsored by Coastal Heritage Bank, HUB International, and the Liz McCarron Team at William Raveis.

A detail of Lay All Your Love On Me by Hanna Washburn, courtesy image

Exhibit: Homebody: Works of Hanna Washburn

Opening Reception: December 13, 2019, 6 to 8 pm

The James Library, 24 West Street, Norwell

Exhibition Dates: December 13, 2019 through January 25, 2020

Hanna Washburn presents her soft sculptures made from recycled clothing, furniture, and found objects. Working with materials that have their own history, her playful anthropomorphic forms engage with material memory, and explore the relationship between the body and space.

Kevin Harris, courtesy image

Washburn’s work is constructed from clothing, furniture, household items, and other materials that have former associations. She sources these supplies from her own life, and the lives of her friends and family, to build compound sculptural forms. The resulting sculptures look and behave like bodies or body parts: gradually sagging towards the floor in some places, gesturing with animated buoyancy in others. Some works have the structure of an armature, while other forms droop under the influence of gravity. Using materials with another intended function as her medium, she allows her intimacy with objects and memories of domestic spaces to dictate her visual language. Sponsored by Yarn’s End of Norwell.

The Kevin Harris Project Jazz Concert

Saturday, December 14, 7:30 pm

The James Library, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets: $30 adults, $25 seniors, $15 students

At this exciting engagement, the Kevin Harris Project performs musical interpretations of classic American jazz standards, soulful original compositions, and toe-tapping holiday interpretations. Joining Harris for this exciting presentation are Gregory Groover on tenor saxophone, Jason Palmer playing the trumpet, Max Ridley on acoustic bass, and Tyson Jackson on the drums. Sponsored by Old Derby Animal Hospital, Traggorth Companies, and US Wealth Management.

For more information or to purchase tickets for The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages and abilities on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. Our historic home is now fully accessible, with handicap parking, an automated side entrance, and an elevator. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 to 5, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 p.m. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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