There’s a lot happening at the Uptown Branch Library in December

There’s a lot happening at the Uptown Branch Library in December.


For all ages:

Games at the Library

Adults, kids and families are invited to drop in and play a game together. We’ll have board games, card games, trivia games and more.  Or, if you have a favorite at home you can bring it in.  Bring your coffee, pop, water, hot chocolate … and we’ll provide some snacks!  Kids under 11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Thursdays, December 27 and January 3 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays, December 29 and January 5, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m.

For kids:

Creation Station/Construction Zone      

Kids can get creative at the library during the winter break.  We’ll have lots of different blocks and building sets to play with and plenty of craft supplies to make something great.  It’s also “Design your World” Winter Learning Challenge time.  How can you use art and design to express yourself, solve problems and inspire other people?  Just drop in during library hours between December 21 and January 5 and let your creativity flow. (We’re open 9:00 – 3:00 on December 24 and December 31.)

Play Date

Get out of the house and meet up with old friends or make new ones at our open play time.  We’ll put out our puzzles, puppets, blocks and more for the little ones to play with.  Bring your coffee, grown-ups, and relax with other families of young children.  All children must be accompanied by an adult, of course. Saturdays, December 29 and January 5 from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Ring out the old year, ring in the new!  Dress in your fanciest outfit and come celebrate with a countdown to noon.  Create your own beautiful, crazy, surprising, marvelous or amazing hat. Write a letter to your future self, or a New Year’s resolution.  Make a noisemaker. You might even dance! Kids under 11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  Monday, December 31 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Book Babies

Story time for children who are not yet walking, and their grown-ups, continues on Mondays (11:00 – 11:30 or 1:30 – 2:00) through Dec. 17.  For questions, or to register, please email Children’s Librarian Laura Jenkins.

Toddler Story Time

Stories, songs and rhymes for little people from about 18 to 36 months of age (with a caregiver) happen every Wednesday in December from 10:30 until 11:00 a.m., followed by a half-hour of free play time.


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