Holiday Happenings at The James Library & Center for the Arts – The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, kicks off the holiday season with community events at 24 West Street, Norwell.

Emerging Artist Joy O’Keeffe

Art Gallery Opening Friday, November 17 from 6 to 8 pm

On view November 17 to January 17 (gallery closed December 19 through January 1)

Free and open to the public

Local dentist Joy O’Keeffe loves working with her hands, and for the past eight years has become passionate about oil painting. Her works have been in many local juried art shows and can be seen gracing the walls of her office in Pembroke. Support this emerging artist on Friday, November 17 as she opens her first solo show at The James.

Best Books of 2017 for Children

Thursday, November 30, 7 pm

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Not sure what the best book for your child is? Norwell Public Library Children’s Librarian Nancy Perry and Inly School Librarian, author and book reviewer Shelley Sommer present their top picks for holiday gifts at this program. These ladies know kids and what they love to read. Buttonwood Books and Toys will be there with the suggested titles. Sponsored by the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy and Debbie and Andy Zildjian.

The Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, December 2, 9 am to 3 pm

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Looking for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season? Include the Marketplace when you shop this year. Artisans on three floors of the James offer quality items for holiday gift giving. Each year we feature new craftspeople who create unique gifts. Sponsored by Liz McCarron Team at William Raveis and Bob Melone Team at radius financial group.

Donna Byrne and the Marshall Wood Trio

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 pm

$25 General Admission, $22 Senior, $10 Student

Jazz singer Donna Byrne’s powerful voice, energetic personality, and life experiences give her music an almost spiritual feel, a soft and subtle charge which has brought admirations from jazz fans and the top artists in the industry. Her performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing at venues throughout the world. She’ll perform with the Marshall Wood Trio, who, together, have been honing their craft for over 25 years. Musical selections will include a wide range of American Standards and a few holiday classics. Sponsored by Coastal Heritage Bank, Old Derby Animal Hospital, Michael and Kathleen Vitale, and Scott and Kim Waugh.

For more information or to purchase tickets for The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 to 5, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 p.m. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.