By the Books: Charleston library lists its holiday spirit events

2012-11-26T16:24:00Z By the Books: Charleston library lists its holiday spirit eventsBy Jeanne Hamilton, director, Charleston Carnegie Public Library

Can you believe the holiday season is already here? As you are preparing for the holidays, don’t forget to stop by the library.

As you plan your holiday season, keep in mind the Library offers holiday crafts, special programming and gift items as well as holiday themed books!

As you are thinking of gifts for your loved ones, consider a commemorative brick in their honor.

The library has the applications available at the Service Desk, Reference Desk, and online at

Your personal message will be engraved on a brick and displayed in the KidSpace patio for years to come. All donations to the library are tax-deductible.

If you know a family that lives outside of the Charleston city limits, you could purchase a non-resident library card as a gift.

This gift would enable each member of the household to receive a card — allowing them to check out books, DVDS, CDs, and more all year.

If you are buying for a book lover, there are always gently used books available on our sale shelf.

Are you thinking about buying an eReader for someone? We have downloadable books available for free for anyone with a Charleston library card — make sure to look at to see which eReader devices are compatible with our download library, MyMediaMall.

Celebrating an early Christmas? Purchase a tree for a friend (or yourself) at our annual Christmas Tree Silent Auction.

The bidding begins today and ends at 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Proceeds from the auction will support library programs and materials.

Need a few extra goodies to slip in those stockings? Adults, come to our Stocking Stuffer Craft Program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Rotary Room A. The library will provide supplies for a variety of stocking stuffer crafts.

Join us for a special Christmas Story Time at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. Children ages 3-5 will enjoy Christmas themed stories, activities and a craft.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m., in the KidSpace Craft Room there will be a holiday craft for kids ages 8 to high school. You will create a stamp to print your own card!

Parents, this involves paint, so dress for the mess. Please call 217-345-1514 to reserve your seat.

Lego Club will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Lego Club is for children in kindergarten and up (as long as they no longer put small toys in their mouth).

Children under age 8 must have a parent with them as the room is close to the exit and far from the toilets. The first hour is building, then clean-up and show and share.

On Saturday, Dec. 8 will be our December “Make and Take” for children of all ages, (under 8, bring your grown-up).

Start a new family tradition and get into the holiday spirit by making Christmas crafts and ornaments! We’ll have some ideas and supplies…. you make them and take them home!

This drop-in program runs from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. or while supplies last.

Movie Monday will now be scheduled for every second Monday of the month.

This month it’s at 1 p.m. on Dec. 10, in Rotary Room B. Please call 217-345-4913 for movie title, and remember you may bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy with the movie!

At 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 is this month’s Astronomy Night. This program is for all ages, but under 13 must be with an adult.

Our Teen Matinee will be featured at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Rotary Room B. For ages 13-18, please call 217-345-1514, for the movie title. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks!

The library will be closed Dec. 24-25, for the Christmas Holiday and will close early at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, for New Year’s Eve.

I wish you happy holidays from the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Staff and Board of Trustees.

Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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