Arts and crafts: Abington Public Library, 600 Gliniewicz Way, is hosting a “Crafternoon” on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 3:30 p.m. Youngsters in kindergarten and up will listen to fall stories before painting their own birdhouse ornaments. To register, call 781-982-2139.
Weather: An author reading and book-signing will take place at the Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington St., on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Will Dowd, a Braintree native, will read from his book “Areas of Fog,” a collection of essays about New England weather.
ALS: Dave Wedge, author of “The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight Against ALS,” will speak about his book on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Canton Public Library, 786 Washington St.
Santa countdown: The Dedham Public Library, 43 Church St., is hosting a workshop for youngsters to make their own “Santa countdown calendar” on Monday, Nov. 27, at 3:30 p.m. Materials will be provided.
Caregivers: The library is also hosting a workshop for family caregivers on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:15 p.m. Attendees will learn, among other things, how to deal with negative self-talk.
Photography: The Hockmock Photography Club will meet at the East Bridgewater Public Library, 32 Union St., on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will share tips and techniques for digital photography.
Automotive: The Ames Free Library, 53 Main St., is hosting a discussion on car repairs by local resident John Brown on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will learn when to change brakes, how to negotiate and understand estimates given by mechanics, and how to ensure cars run smoothly.
Fraud: The library will also host a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. on “Protecting Yourself from Fraud.” Representatives from the Better Business Bureau and the state Office of Consumer Affairs’ “Scams, Fraud, & Identity Theft” program will speak on the most common scams and “red flags” to look out for.
Politics: The Boyden Library, 10 Bird St., is holding “The Idea Pit,” where attendees with conflicting viewpoints are encouraged to challenge, defend, explore, and understand the roots and consequences of their positions. The forum will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m.
Tea and chocolate: The Norton Public Library, 68 E. Main St., will host “A Pleasant Pairing,” a program that presents the history and health benefits of tea and dark chocolate, on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. Attendees will learn how the tea culture of China and Japan made its way to Britain. Additionally, participants will learn how to harvest and brew tea.
Stress management: The Tufts Public Library, 46 Broad St., will hold a workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. on “How to Avoid A Meltdown.” The workshop is part of the library’s ongoing “Adulting 101” program. Participants will learn how to deal with everyday stress and anxiety in positive ways.Jonathan Ng can be reached at Jonathan.Ng@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanNgBOS.