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Enjoy Enriching Seasonal Activities at Hennepin County Libraries
Sledding, skating, tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding are fun activities during the holiday season and beyond. Great books and other Hennepin County Library resources, including special programs, will enliven and enrich this time of year, too. 
Holiday Traditions
Read about winter holiday traditions, symbols, and customs around the world — and how to include them in your family celebrations. Check out delectable new recipes in holiday cookbooks. Read up on how to create classroom holiday parties that are fun, affordable and kid-friendly. Find out how to revive traditions from past generations. Learn how to make the most treasured holiday gifts — shared memories and homemade items — on a limited budget. Revel in a season of joy that celebrates family and friends. Search for all of this and more in books and other resources via the Hennepin County Library catalog at your local library and online at http://www.hclib.org/catalog.
Programs, Exhibits, and More
Storyteller Kevin Kling’s humorous holiday memories, a “Hogwarts Yule Ball,” plus holiday crafts, puppetry, stories and songs are sure to make the season bright.
Book clubs are meeting at several libraries. Options include Girls Only Book Club, ABC Book Club, Teen Manga Book Club, Girls Only Jr. Book Club, and Fantasy Fan Book Club With Author Will Alexander.
Gather the kids and spend a relaxing half hour at library storytime programs enjoying great read-aloud stories. Reading aloud to young children is one of five simple ways to help your children get ready to learn to read. The five ways are: talk together, sing together, read together, write together, and play together. For more information about early literacy at Hennepin County libraries:  http://www.hclib.org/birthto6/EarlyLit.cfm
Kids can keep up their reading and writing skills over winter break and have fun by submitting book reviews to Hennepin County Library’s KidLinks (http://www.hclib.org/kids/books/reviews/). Kids and teens can tell other kids and teens about their favorite books by submitting their own book lists, too. Go to http://www.hclib.org/kids/books/MyBookLists/Contributed.cfm or http://www.hclib.org/teens/MyBookLists/ to submit a book list.
New Year Resolutions
May the New Year bring you happiness and good health!  A great place to start is Hennepin County Library’s health and wellness books and other resources. You can search for and reserve books by author, title, subject, and keyword in the online catalog(http://www.hclib.org/catalog). Also see the Library website’s Health & Wellness subject guide(http://www.hclib.org/pub/search/SubjectGuides.cfm?Topic=Health/Wellness) for links to databases and websites on the topic. Your librarian will be happy to help you find the resources that you need.
“Happy Hmong New Year!” is the theme of exhibits at several libraries in December. Field trips to libraries – in your community and beyond – are a fun and educational way to spend a morning or afternoon with the kids during school breaks. For library locations and hourshttp://www.hclib.org/pub/info/locations.cfm
Program Schedule
The following winter/holiday-themed programs are scheduled at Hennepin County libraries. All programs are free, some require registration. For Hennepin County Library’s complete program and exhibit schedule: http://www.hclib.org/pub/events/
Author Talk: Kevin Kling
Plymouth Library
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Kling, Minnesota's storyteller, playwright and a regular contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” will entertain with stories from his second book, "Holiday Inn," a romp through a "yearful" of holidays and a lifetime of gathering material. Books will be available for purchase.
Sponsored by Friends of the Plymouth Library.
Thanks for Thanksgiving
Rogers Library
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.
For families. Toddlers-grade 2. Share fun stories and activities in celebration of this traditional holiday.
Sponsored by Friends of the Rogers Library.
Schiffelly Puppets: No Nose for Rudolph
Excelsior Library
Saturday, Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m.
For families. Preschool-grade 2. The famous reindeer has had his nose taken by Hank the Greedy Hog. Join Slurrpy the Snowman, Santa Claus and a host of other holiday characters as they try to get back Rudolph's nose. Part of the Excelsior "Christkindlsmarkt" celebration.
Sponsored by Friends of the Excelsior Library.
Crafty Minnesota: Handcrafted Creatures
For adults. Stitch a tiny stuffed animal that you can hang on your holiday tree, make into a keychain or give as a gift. Choose your favorite creature - birds, dogs or zombies - and bring it to life. Materials provided. Find related books and more at the Library.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Textile Center.
Northeast Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6775.

Nokomis Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 3–5 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6800.
St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7–9 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6125.

The Fantasies of Charles Dickens
Southeast Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m.
For adults. Besides the classic "A Christmas Carol," Dickens (1812-1870) also wrote Christmas novellas with fantasy elements as well as fairy tales and ghostly short stories, including "The Signal-Man." Librarian Eric Heideman will talk about the fantastical side of this beloved writer.
Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa Stories and Fun
St. Louis Park Library
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7–8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
For families. Enjoy stories, songs and dances of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Arrive early to play with dreidels. A craft activity will follow the program.
Sponsored by Friends of the St. Louis Park Library.
Snow Stories and Winter Fun
Pierre Bottineau Library
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.
For families. Enjoy stories, poems, music and movement about snow and the joys of winter.

Holiday Hoopla
Rogers Library
Friday, Dec. 7, 10:30–11 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 7, 11:15–11:45 a.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6050.
PreK-grade 1. Celebrate the winter holidays with songs, stories, games and a visit from a special guest. Please bring a food item for the local food shelf.
Sponsored by Friends of the Rogers Library; presented in collaboration with MOMS Club of Rogers - South.
Holiday Stories
Washburn Library
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10:15 a.m.
For families. Enjoy stories and sing songs that celebrate December holidays. Join us for a special gingerbread story.
Sponsored by Friends of the Washburn Library.

Winter Origami Fun
Augsburg Park Library
Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m.
For families. Love folding papers and listening to stories? Hear the unfolding of beautiful stories and create winter origami art pieces with colorful papers and embellishments – one to take home and one for group display. Materials provided. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Augsburg Park Library.
Hogwarts Yule Ball
Nokomis Library
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6–8 p.m.
For teens. Put on your dress robes, grab a handful of Floo powder, and come to the library for some magical winter fun at Hogwarts! Play Wizard's chess, test your knowledge of Harry Potter trivia and much more!
Sponsored by Friends of the Nokomis Library.

Holiday Stories
Washburn Library
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m.
For families. Enjoy stories and sing songs that celebrate December holidays. Join us for a special gingerbread story.
Sponsored by Friends of the Washburn Library.

Schiffelly Puppets: No Nose for Rudolph
Golden Valley Library
Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.
For families. The famous reindeer has had his nose taken by Hank the Greedy Hog. Join Slurrpy the Snowman, Santa Claus and a host of other holiday characters as they try to get back Rudolph's nose.
Sponsored by Friends of the Golden Valley Library.

Kwanzaa Stories With Auntie Beverly
Sumner Library
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2–3:30 p.m.
For families. Celebrate Kwanzaa with stories and crafts with storyteller Auntie Beverly. Bring your family!
Winter and Snow Stories
Maple Grove Library
Thursday, Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m.
For families. Share favorite children's winter and snow stories.
Winter and Snow Stories
Edina Library
Thursday, Dec. 27, 11–11:30 a.m.
For families. Share favorite children's winter and snow stories.
For more information, go online to www.hclib.org or call your local library (http://www.hclib.org/pub/info/locations.cfm).

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