Week Fourteen: Celebrating the Holidays with RPL
There’s so much to do at the Richmond Public Library in the month of December. We have an assortment of programs for all ages, as well as children’s story times with special holiday themes. Pick up a copy of our holiday-inspired flyer for information about programs at our branches. All programs are free and open to the public. Spaces for most programs are limited, so call to register.
Here are some highlighted holiday programs
December 6 – Thursday-Main Library – 2-6 pm – Foraged with Tara Morand – join Tara Morand as she collects things from our natural urban environment and then turns her foraged objects into beauty for your home. As part of our “Out of the Box” series at Main, we will make ornaments, wreaths, and garlands for all the December holidays from Tara’s urban natural finds. Join us!
December 6 – Thursday – Ginter Park Library – 7-9 pm – Holiday Fete – take a break from the holiday rush to attend Ginter Park Library’s annual fundraiser with food provided by local restaurants, door prizes provided by local merchants, and live music!
December 7 – Friday – Main Library – 7-9 pm – First Friday – join us for our artists’ opening night reception.
December 8 – Saturday – Main Library – 11 am – Spend the Morning with Charles Dickens! Dr. Eric Douglass will present a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol, dressed in period costume and using stage notes from Dickens’s actual performance.
December 8 – Saturday – West End Library- 4:30 pm – The Magical Gingerbread Man Special Story Time
– join us for Gingerbread Day fun! We will have a magical gingerbread story, craft, gingerbread manhunt and cookies! The program is best for ages 3-5 with an adult.
December 11 and 13 – Tuesday & Thursday – Westover Hills Library – Holiday Story time & Craft – join us for holiday stories, songs, and make an ornament to keep!
December 15 – Saturday – North Avenue Library – 11 am – 4 pm- Festivals of Lights-come discover a new tradition and make a craft to take along.
December 15 – Saturday – Main Library – 2 pm – Gellman Room Concert: Richmond Boys Choir- become festive with the Richmond Boys Choir at their 16th annual performance at RPL.
December 17- Monday – Hull Street Library-11 am-1 pm- Kwanzaa Ceremony and African Food Tasting –Dr. Aminah Waajid, Professor at Virginia State University will facilitate the culturally significant Kwanzaa Ceremony and Libations as she explains the meaning and significance of Kwanzaa to all Americans. Following the ceremony we will have a chance to taste authentic African dishes prepared by MaMusu’s West African Restaurant. All are welcome to join in.
December 18 – Tuesday – East End Library -11 am-2 pm – East End Annual Christmas Celebration
– join the East End Library Wednesday, December 18th at 11 am for the sounds and smells of Christmas, meet old friends and say good-bye as we prepare to close for renovations. Refreshments are provided.
December 19 – Wednesday – Belmont Library- 3 pm – Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day- help decorate the library with snowflakes as we enjoy Snowflake Day.
December 20 – Thursday – Broad Rock Library – 10 am – Special Christmas Craft Program – for preschool and up– you are invited to create a Christmas ornament.
Teen Craft Sale!!
Also in this month, the Main Library Teen Advisory Group is having its first annual Craft and Bake Sale. Most of the materials are made resourcefully from recyclable materials. The purpose of the recyclable craft programs at Main is to show teens the importance of reusing materials while also encouraging creativity by making new and interesting stuff. We have had teens and volunteers helping us with several programs throughout the year in order to get ready for this sale. The money from the sale will be used to fund programs and services for teens at the Main Library.