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Program: Holidays

Holiday Celebrations

Learning about the 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.

CRRL Home: Decking the Halls

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

Which Oscar nominated movie should win Best Picture?

Which Oscar nominated movie should win Best Picture?
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Which Oscar nominated movie should win Best Picture?

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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