Needle arts flourish at library

Thursday afternoons at Merrimack Public Library attract needlework enthusiasts skilled in knitting, crochet, tatting, cross stitch and other needle arts. The free weekly sessions, hosted 2-4 p.m. in the Lowell Room of the library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, are reported as much appreciated. Cribbage, a business book group, a community book group and a writer’s group also have followers. The needlework session on April 7 included talented attendees, seated from left, Diane Wolfe; Connie Weaver; Annette Dainis; Christine Mauser and Michelle Giroux. Seen here with fellow artists, standing from left, Alice Ward; Andrea Giroux; Sally Shackford; Barbara Walter; Diane Moser; Janet Angus and Micki Quinn. Among the wearables crafted there are sweaters, baby blankets, hats and other comforts including prayer shawls donated to a local church. Library staffers post an online invitation: “Join others who knit, stitch or crochet in our Lowell Room.” The program for all skill levels is noted there as “a chance for mentoring, for creative sharing and for camaraderie.” Max Blanchette, head of the library’s adult services department, can be contacted at the reference desk for more information: 603-424-5021 ext. 104. Visit online: merrimacklibrary.org.