This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Laura Gardoski about the virtual “White Christmas” watch party hosted by Abington Community Library.

Residence: Clarks Summit

Professional background: Librarian at Abington Community Library

Title: Head of youth services

Q: What inspired this event?

A: We were inspired to create this event because of the fact that many people are staying home to be safe this holiday season, and some are alone. The idea behind this program is that people who want to enjoy a classic holiday film with someone else can do so. The Google Chrome extension Teleparty enables people to start and stop the movie at the same time so everyone’s in the exact same place. Plus, there is a place to chat on the side during the movie.

Q: How does the watch party works?

A: A Netflix subscription is required, as participants will need to use their own login, and the free Google Chrome extension “Teleparty” is required. This virtual event will be Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. Email Laura at at least a day in advance to register and receive instructions. This is an Abington Community Library virtual program.

Q: Who can participate in the virtual watch party?

A: Adults are the intended age group; however, families could definitely view the movie together.

Q: What do you love about the movie “White Christmas”?

A: I love “White Christmas” because it’s a musical and a comedy. My family quotes it all year long. I love the songs, the characters, the dances and the gags. It always makes me feel nostalgic as I watch it every year. I never miss it. Some of my other favorites are “The Santa Clause,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Q: What is unique about this event?

A: This is a virtual event that will connect you with others during a time when many may feel isolated. This is a chance to socialize with others, virtually, and enjoy a holiday favorite. Follow Abington Community Library on Facebook to see more virtual events.