Successful Christmas Market at Philipsburg Jubilee Library    

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PHILIPSBURG – The Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s annual Christmas Market once again hosted a successful market.

Crafters from all over St. Maarten displayed their arts, crafts and their creativity. Shoppers shopped for one-of-a kind gifts and decorations, and received incentive to return to 2017’s market. Many vendors and shoppers enjoyed the ambience and the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas market was opened by the Brass drum band, followed by the Shabba Djembre Group, the Marie Genevieve de Weever School dancers, and the Ruby Labega Primary School carolers and dancers.

There were: bouncing castles, gift baskets, natural hair products, night & day makeup, food, jams, liqueurs, St. Maarten’s traditional Christmas drink guavaberry, gelato ice cream, cakes and tarts, dvds, visits from book authors just to name a few.

It was a day and night to remember when teenaged group Black Illusion and NIA School of the Arts’ Clifford performed two dances. Synergy and SXM Brass fantasy closed off the festive event with Santa all the way from the North Pole.

The library also sold 2 copies of the book S’Maatin Then and Now. This book is currently still on sale at the library.

In addition to the Christmas Market festivities, over 100 books were returned by patrons during the library’s two weeks of gift-giving special, as overdue books could be returned for free.

Please be reminded of the Holiday Season and New Year opening schedule:

Tuesday, December 27, and Wednesday, December 28, the library will open from 9:00am-12:3pm and 2:00pm-6:00pm. On Thursday, December 29, the library will open from 2:00pm-8:00pm. On Friday, December 30, from 9:00am-12:00pm and on Saturday, December 31, the library will be closed.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 and Wednesday, January 4, the library will open from 9:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday, January 5, from 2:00pm-8:00pm and Friday, January 6, 9:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm.

The library will resume regular opening hours on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

“We would like to thank all persons who made the library’s programs possible. From the Black History Month in February 2016 straight to the Christmas Market in December 2016. Without you, whomever you are, it would not have been possible. Thank you,” a release said.

“We, the staff of Philipsburg Jubilee Library, appreciate the patronage of our members throughout the year of 2016 and look forward to a new year of promoting literacy and education throughout the community. The board, management and staff of the library wish everyone a happy, safe and readable New Year in 2017,” the release concluded.