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SHIRLEY — The Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library are preparing to spread some cheer with a presentation by storyteller Mark Binder at the library’s annual Holiday Tea.

Binder, who is appearing at the library for the second time, will perform “A Holiday Present.”

“He’s very entertaining,” said library Director Debra Roy.

Binder’s stories are funny and heart-warming for all ages, she said. He’s an experienced author and actor, as well as a former Aikido instructor. His stories are as diverse as his experience, she said, and they were enjoyed by the audience at his previous library appearance.

The friends will sponsor the tea, and members discussed the details at a Nov. 15 meeting. Tea, along with an array of home-baked, bite-size goodies, will be served at the event, which begins Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.

The Holiday Tea has been a tradition at the library, and a few minor changes last year pleased guests, said children’s librarian and member Kathleen Farrar.

Families enjoyed individually-wrapped, assorted, flavored teas last year, she said, which were placed at each table in decorative containers. Insulated carafes were also purchased last year for each table, she said, which made service easier for guests and volunteers.

Rather than waiting in line, tea-goers could also serve themselves and enjoy the presentation without getting up from their tables, said Farrar.

“That made such a difference in the setup,” she said.

Tea is served in old-fashioned cup-and-saucer sets that have been donated by residents over the years, according to Roy.

“We had so many donated to us,” she said.

The library now has enough tea services to serve all of its guests, said Roy.

The sets are stored in plastic tubs provided by the friends, said President Fran Stetson, which will also help make the setup a breeze.

Member Judy Stanislaw will be contacting residents for donations of baked goods, she said.

The friends are also considering coffee as an alternative beverage and hope to find a sponsor in either Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks.

Roy recommends making reservations for the popular event. Those interested in attending may call the library at (978) 425-2620.