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December 2013 KIDSHEET

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“Oh, the weather outside is frightful…”

Well, not yet.

“Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly…”

Who’s Holly and what are boughs anyway?

“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…”

Would you stop ringing those bells already!


Oh, the holidays are here! Full of fun and full of things that can annoy the grown-ups we love.

As you try to stay off the naughty list this month, you’ll need something to keep you occupied and out of Mom and Dad’s hair! Why not load up on library materials to see you through till the big day arrives?


Try some CHRISTMAS CRAFTS (Non-fiction– J745.594 unless otherwise indicated)

Christmas Creations

My Christmas Art Class

Christmas Decorations Kids Can Make

My Very Own Christmas (J394.2682)

Merry Things to Make Fun to Make Crafts for Christmas



New Christmas Classics

Merry Christmas, Olivia

Mickey Saves Christmas

Santa and the Three Bears

Jingle Bells

Wonder Pets!: Save the Reindeer

In Search of Santa

First Christmas

(Look for the Christmas sticker on the spine of the Christmas movies on both children and adult movies!)


Listen to some CHRISTMAS MUSIC (CD J)

God’s Kids Worship Christmas

A Classical Kids Christmas

Raffi’s Christmas Album

Music from Happy Elf

Cheetah-licious Christmas

Phineas & Ferb: Holiday Favorites

(find more favorites in the “Holiday” category in both children’s and adults music CD’s)

Borrow this idea! from a reader of Family Fun magazine

Last year, my daughters, Julia, then age seven, and Olivia, then four, grew their own tiny Christmas trees. We soaked pinecones in water for a few minutes, then packed them with potting soil and plenty of grass seed. We placed the pinecones in plastic containers with a bit of water, set them in the sun, and sprayed them daily with a plant mister. After two weeks, we had little green trees. --Beth P., Santa Cruz, CA


Egg Carton Christmas Tree

You will need:

Large piece of paper or cardboard
Scissors & glue
Green Styrofoam egg cartons
Decorating items such as buttons, glitter, rickrack, pompoms, etc.

You will do:

1.  Cut the egg cartons so you have one row of 6 cups, one row of 5 cups, and so on to 1 cup.

2.  Glue the 6 cup row on the bottom of the paper, just above that glue the 5 cup row, and so on until you have used all the cups.

3.  It should look like a triangle when you are done. Decorate with misc. craft items.


Programs @ your library in December

Programs at the library wind down at this time of the year as people participate in so many holiday activities. Join us for the first two weeks of December for our usual programming, then take the rest of the month off. After such a long year, you deserve it!


Story Times

Story Times are held for infants through preschool age children every Wednesday at 11:30 am. 
No registration is required.  An adult must stay with each child.

December 4th & 11th



Mother Goose & Me

A favorite with the younger crowd, Mother Goose will visit the library most Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. 

See her December 6th &13th





Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm

December 3rd and 10th only this month!

Children of all ages are welcome to participate.  Those under 7 years of age should be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 13 years of age. 

Legos will be available, though can also bring your own project to work on.  Idea books will be available as well.

Books to Movies

It’s holiday break, and there’s nothing better to do than watch movies! Make the most of your movie-watching by watching a book! These movies are based on books and might just entertain you enough that you read the book, too!

Read     Emma by Jane Austen
Watch    Clueless

Read     Romeo & Juliet by Williamshakespeare
Watch    West Side Story

Read    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Watch    Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Read    Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Watch    Sense and Sensibility

Read    Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
Watch    Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Read    Holes by Louis Sachar   
Watch    Holes

Read    Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Galbraith
Watch    Cheaper by the Dozen (maybe the old version, then the new version!)

Read    The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Watch    The Outsiders

December Special Days

Read a New Book Month

Universal Human Rights Month

Calendar Awareness Month

Stress-free Family Holidays Month

Safe Games and Toys Month

1 - Rosa Parks Day

4 - National Cookie Day

5 - International Volunteer Day

5 - Sinterklaas Day

5 - Kris Kringle Day

6 - St. Nicholas Day

10 - Birthday of Melvil Dewey

11 - UNICEF Anniversary

11 -Indiana became a state, 1816

12 - Poinsettia Day

13 - Santa Lucia Day

14 - Discovery Anniversary of the South Pole

16 - Las Posadas

17 - Anniversary of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers

18 - Nutcracker First Performance

19 - Birthday of Eve Bunting

21 - First day of Winter

22 - Birthday of Jerry Pinkney

23 - Birthday of Avi

23 - Roots Day

24 - Christmas Eve

25 - Christmas Day

26 - Kwanzaa

26 - Boxing Day

27 - Visit the Zoo Day

30 - Birthday of Rudyard Kipling and Mercer Mayer

31 - New Year’s Eve





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