It happened again this holiday season: for the tenth year in a row, Pat Loomis and his Friends played jazzed-up holiday favorites in the South End library for music cognoscenti young and old, who also happened to be regulars at the local branch. Big library tables were pushed aside on Tuesday, December 16, now used for dinner and dessert plates instead of books, newspapers and laptops. Surrounded by tall bookcases, the audience listened to the delicious music pouring from the band's instruments; they snapped their fingers, slapped their knees and shouted approval for the musicians when they finished their instrumental solos. Loomis's Friends this year included Scott Aruda on trumpet, Rollins Ross on piano, Dan Winshall on bass, and Dave Fox on drums. As always, John Hampton, husband of library staffer Carol Glass, cooked the excellent chili, chicken, fries and several other much-appreciated dishes. Francis Pugliesi, also known for managing the twice-a-week flea market near the branch on Tremont Street, helped serve the meal wearing a special musical holiday hat. Your library Friends group, FOSEL, helped pay for the party. Thanks to the library staff for all you do all year long. Wishing all of you, inside and outside of the library, a fantastic New Year.