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Program: Holidays

Holiday Celebrations

Good tidings we bring! Get ready for the holidays with our special events, catalog selections, and more.

Holiday Open Houses

Salem, Porter, & Westmoreland
Celebrate the season with crafts, activities, and refreshments.

Holiday Events

Grow a Reader Special: Countdown to Christmas

Multiple Branches
Stories, songs, and activities with a special visit from Santa. All ages with a caregiver.

Fabulous Friday: Journey to the North Pole

Fredericksburg & Porter Branches
Learn all about the North Pole in this special STEM class! Grades K-6.

Fireside Concerts

Every 2nd Sunday
Staring in December, enjoy acoustic concerts by the Howell Branch's fireside in our cozy living room all winter long.

CRRL Picks: 2020 Golden Globe Nominations

Watch one of these 2020 Golden Globe nominees before the ceremony on January 5. Check back for more nominees to be added to the list.

Learning About the Holidays

Holidays

Hanukkah: A Festival of Lights

Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev, at sundown.

The Real Twelve Days of Christmas

Learn about the tradition of the Epiphany or the Day of the Kings.

Kwanzaa: Family and Heritage

Kwanzaa is celebrated between December 26 and January 1.

The Longest Night: The Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is upon us. Learn more about the longest night of the year.

Learning About the Holidays, cont

When the Holidays Aren’t So Merry and Bright…

Read on if you're missing the comforting presence of someone during this holiday season.

A Civil War Christmas

If we lived during the Civil War, what kinds of memories would we have? Learn a bit more about Christmas during the years 1861-1864.

Nutcracker Sweets

Learn the origins of the Nutcracker ballet, and check out our Nutcracker Stories, Treats, and Crafts resource list.

Reading the Holidays

Reading for the Holidays

Reading the Holidays

CRRL Grow a Reader: Holiday Picture Books

Picture books celebrating winter holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice.

CRRL Holidays: Books for Advent

For those who celebrate Christmas as part of their faith, the days leading up to December 25 are a time for rejoicing and reflection.

CRRL Kids: Hanukkah! Light up the Night

From December 22 to the 30th, celebrate Hanukkah with stories, old and new!

CRRL Kids: Celebrate Kwanzaa!

Celebrate Kwanzaa with great stories, crafts and food.

Watching the Holidays

Watching for the Holidays

Watching the Holidays

CRRL Picks: A Hallmark Christmas

These Hallmark Christmas movies will leave you filled with joy and hope for the holiday season.

CRRL Picks: Fireside Classic Films

These movies capture the wonder of the season and are bound to become beloved holiday traditions.

CRRL Kids: Holly-Jolly Movie Classics

Here's a selection of great animated holiday favorites for kids of all ages.

Prepping for the Holidays

Holiday Prep

Holiday Prep Starts Here!

Let the library be your guide to your holiday celebrations.

Holiday Prep

CRRL Picks: Holiday Crafts

Add that personal touch to your holiday by checking out these books to create your own unique items for gifts, decorations, or both!

Make for the Holidays

CRRL Holidays: Planning a Winter Party

Are you in charge of organizing a party this season? Planning and pacing yourself can help, as can these excellent books.

Skill Builders

Dec 21st | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Learn how to make and take a gift box! Grades 6 and up.

CRRL Home: Decking the Halls

Whether you go formal or cozy, you'll find ideas here to make your season bright.

Prepping for the Holidays

CRRL Picks: Music for the Holidays

Get into the season with these merry holiday tunes!

CRRL Picks: 2020 Golden Globe Nominations

Watch one of these 2020 Golden Globe nominees before the ceremony on January 5. Check back for more nominees to be added to the list.

Cooking & Baking for the Holidays

Cooking for the Holidays

Cookie Exchange

Dec 16th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bring two dozen of your favorite cookies and a printed copy of the recipe. Eggnog provided.

Gingerbread House Creations

Dec 18th | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Make a gingerbread house. All ages!

Make for the Holidays

CRRL Holidays: Holiday Baking at Its Best

Holiday gatherings of family and friends are the perfect time to share some special baked treats!

Make a Gingerbread House

Gumdrops and candy canes! Create a gingerbread house with these fun tips.
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