- Michele Brown
Celebrate the holidays with your family, friends, and neighbors at a library open house!
Stafford's Porter Branch starts the holiday fun with holiday crafts and activities for young and old, a visit from Santa, and a performance by Amyclae Dance Academy. And, what's a party without treats? We'll have yummy goodies provided by the Friends of the Library. Drop in and enjoy the festivities on Wednesday, December 6, anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 in the evening.
If you're looking for a traditional Christmas experience—and, by traditional, we mean colonial American—join us at Fredericksburg Branch on Wednesday, December 13 from 5:30 to 7:00. We'll be celebrating Christmas as they did way back when with crafts, games, and refreshments for all ages. Our special guests to help us with the fun include staff from the Washington Heritage Museums, The George Washington Foundation, the James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library, the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia, and Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. If you want tips on how to authentically decorate your home for a colonial Christmas, read Williamsburg Christmas: The Story of Christmas Decoration in the Colonial Capital.
In Westmoreland County, Cooper Branch will hold their annual Christmas Pals Luncheon, a potluck for anyone and everyone in the community who wants to share in a bit of holiday cheer. It happens on Thursday, December 21, 11:30-1:00. If you can’t think of a razzle-dazzle dish to make and share, take a peek at the recipes recommended for entertaining in Southern Living: Christmas in the Kitchen.
Besides our open houses, the library has many other holiday-inspired activities, including decoration workshops. Make a paper star, a folded patchwork ornament, a photo ornament, an ugly sweater, a festive wreath, or a holiday arrangement.
Looking for something a little different? Bring your pet for a photo op with Santa at Montross’ Santa Paws event, or join your neighbors for family holiday films, popcorn, and hot chocolate at Newton.
Youngsters will enjoy special crafts, stories, and songs, too, with Fabulous Friday: Oh, Christmas Tree at Snow Branch, and the Grow a Reader specials Happy Holidays! at Salem Church Branch and Countdown to Christmas, complete with a visit from Santa, at Porter, England Run, Fredericksburg, and Salem Church branches.
Be sure to check out the library’s extensive collection of holiday cooking, craft, and fiction books; music to suit all tastes; and films on DVD and streaming from Kanopy that will add a sparkle to the season.
See you this December at the library!