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What's Happening — Week of Dec. 12

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SCHS student council hosts basic needs drive
The Spencer County High School Student Council will host a basic needs drive through Monday.
Anyone willing to donate gently-used clothing, a gently-used or new toy, or non-perishable food item can bring it to the high school front office, deposit the items in a container and the student council will make sure items are delivered to the appropriate areas.
“Clean out your closets and your kitchen shelves and help those in need this holiday season,” organizers said.
For more information, contact Lee Anne Day-Ballard at 477-3255.

Chamber plans annual holiday social
The Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual holiday social Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.
There will be a white elephant gift exchange (gently used items), and lunch will be served, catered by Tammy Owen.
Lunch is free for members and $3 for non-members.
Please RSVP to Cara Lewis at clewis@tpbtaylorsville.com or call 502-477-2244.

Chamber to award best dressed holiday businesses
The Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce will give out awards to the best dressed holiday businesses. Awards will be given for first, second and third place at the January Chamber luncheon.

Fall tire amnesty
The fall Spencer County Waste Tire Amnesty will be held at the Spencer County Road Barn on Fairgrounds Road on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
Staff cannot handle solid tires, but tires on rims are acceptable. Staff will be on site to offer assistance.

Habitat for Humanity to host appreciation social
In recognition of support received throughout the year, Spencer County Habitat for Humanity is inviting those who have helped and donated to the organization to join together for appetizers and beverages on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building located at 19 E. Main St.

County Clerk’s office announces holiday closings
The office of the Spencer County Clerk will be closed Dec. 24, 25, and 26 for the Christmas holiday, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the New Years holiday.
The clerk’s office will offer extra Saturday hours this month on Dec. 15 and 29 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Library offers downloadable audiobooks and ebooks
The Spencer County Public Library has expanded its services to include audiobook and eBooks, available to download from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media with their library card number and pin number, anytime, anywhere by visiting http://www.spencercountylibrary.us.
Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to computers and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software: for audiobooks, and music, OverDrive Media Console and to read eBooks, users will need Adobe Digital Editions.
Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.
To get started downloading audiobooks and eBooks visit http://www.spencercountylibrary.us and click on the Overdrive download box.

Library hosts essay contest
Spencer County Public Library recently announced a new contest. Entrants are asked to write an essay about a book that they would give as a gift and why.
The best essay in each group will win a book. Entries need to be turned in by Dec. 19.
Groups are as follows:
Toddler to preschool: Parents can write just the title of the book with the name of the child on the back of the paper. When they turn in the paper they can tell a librarian why they chose that book.
Kindergarten through second grade: Write the title of the book and a sentence explaining why you would give the book as a gift. Include child’s name and grade on the back of the paper.
Third through fifth grade: Write the title and author of the book and a paragraph about why you would give the book as a gift. Include name and grade on the back of the paper.
Sixth through eighth grade: Write an essay, 100 words, about the book and why you would give it as a gift.  Include name and grade on the back of the paper.
Ninth through 12th grade: Write an essay, 230 words, about the book and why you would give it as a gift.  Include name and grade on the back of the paper.

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