Library hosts local artists and crafters for holidays

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 9:15am

Walking into the library in the early evening, vendors were beginning to set up their tables for the weekly Tuesday night markets at the Island Free Library. The library began its Tuesday markets on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and they will continue each Tuesday through Dec. 17.

There was a full menu of Block Island products on display. Pam Glen was offering up her jellies, candies, pickles and pickled beets. Erica Tonner came with her knitted hats, scarves, and baby sweaters. Hope Roosa featured wood crafts from found materials. Erin and Emily Helterline were showcasing their ornaments made from beach glass and other found materials.

Representing Littlefield Bee Farm, Hope Howley Brigham had laid out on her table various honeys, including Cinnamon Honey, Honey Mustard, and Wildflower Honey. Beeswax candles, diverse in colors and style, offered an insight into the possibilities and wonder of honey making.

Littlefield Bee Farm currently sells its locally-harvested honey products at the Block Island Farmers Market, B.I. Arts and Crafts Guild Fairs, and on their online shop. The bee farm, which is run by Chris Littlefield, has been producing Block Island honey and honey products since 1984.

Block Island Candle Co. is a new company owned by Kathy Mulshine. She’s crafted scented candles produced from soy wax with several fragrance oils. Candles included “Pomegranate Peace,” “Island Snow,” and “Ocean Breeze.” The glow and scent of the candles gave the library a warm holiday atmosphere.

Block Island Candle Co. sells its candles online as well, and offer custom orders for their customers. These candles are great additions during these colds months to warm up your household with color and vibrancy.

Kristin Baumann, director of the library, noted the library would be partnering with others during the Tuesday night strolls.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the library will be hosting an event with North Light Fibers. This will be a family-oriented and fun-filled event, where participants can create their own ornaments through needle felting. North Light Fibers is a micro yarn mill, which produces handcrafted artisan yarns. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the library will be hosting a community sing-along, caroling outside the library. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Art vendors at the library will continue to be at the Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 dates, sharing their artwork and crafts from 4 to 8 p.m. The events on Tuesday nights will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

The library will be open on the morning of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To learn more about events and programs, contact the library at (401) 466-3233 or