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Home for the Holidays - a Christmas Gala

Mississippi State University Libraries will host "Home for the Holidays," a Christmas gala, on Nov. 23 from 2-5 p.m. at Mitchell Memorial Library.

Former Mississippi State University First Lady Tommie Zacharias will begin the festivities with the lighting of the tree. Featured attractions include live holiday music, crafts for children and unique exhibits selected from the Library's Special Collections. Patrons can enjoy visiting with several authors and artists. Quilters, basket weavers, yarn crafters and a carver will demonstrate their arts.

An oil painting of Ulysses S. Grant will be unveiled at 3:30 p.m. in the U.S. Grant Presidential Library on the first floor of the Library. Painted in 1868 by James Reid Lambdin, the portrait is on loan for one year from Jim Small of Las Vegas, Nev.

Santa will visit with the children and parents are encouraged to bring a camera. A cookbook will be available for purchase for $10 and will benefit the Friends of the Library. "Bulldog Hospitality: Good Food from the Mississippi State University Libraries" includes over 100 recipes contributed by 30 members of Library faculty and Friends of the Library.

This event is free to the public. For more information contact Leilani Salter at 662-325-2559 or lsalter@library.msstate.edu.