Christmas and new year activities lined up

This week's library column looks at the Christmas activities for December.

Don’t know if it has snuck up on everyone as much as it has us here at Ponoka Jubilee Library, but Christmas is now only one month away. We have two different events to help celebrate the Christmas season coming up at the library.

For families, we have a ‘Vintage Family Christmas’ on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. Come to the library to create popcorn and cranberry strings, sparkly wooden ornaments, fabric bows and a star topper, all to place on your very own mini live Christmas tree. Trees are limited to one per family, but lots of kids can help decorate that tree. So come enjoy the afternoon, have a Christmas treat or two, and bring a pretty little tree home. Space is limited so you must sign up at the library to secure your spot either by calling 403-783-3843, or stopping by at 5110 48 Avenue.

Our second Christmas event is a wreath-making evening on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Be taught to create a Christmas swag wreath, made from fresh boughs and all the trimmings. The cost of the class includes all supplies and instruction. Space is limited, so you must register and pay in advance; any questions, contact the library.

One other Christmas note, the library will be closed between Dec. 24-27 to allow staff time to celebrate the holidays with their families. We will reopen the morning of Dec. 28 and will be open until Dec. 31 2 p.m., when we will be closing early. We will be closed on Jan. 1, but will be open regular hours, 11-4, on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Looking into 2016, we already have a couple of events on the go. On Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., we have our very first ‘beer tasting’ at the library. Come try 10 different beers, from light to dark, along with some tasty food on the side. Tickets are available at the library now. We also have our fourth annual “Dinner at the Library” on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The dinner is potluck, so we ask everyone to bring a dish to share. The library will be providing buns, drinks, plates and cutlery for everyone. Please sign up at the library so that we know how many people will be attending.

Don’t forget about Makerspace, tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 26) from 3:30-5 p.m. Anyone 12+ can come to library to play with an Intuous tablet, a Makey Makey or a LittleBits kit. They’re super fun technology, so come check them out.

Coming soon: For countless readers, Christmas time means a delicious new holiday mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. ‘A Christmas Escape’, her 13th novel for the season, transports us to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli for an unconventional Yuletide adventure—and an unforgettable volcanic encounter.


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