Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Libraries Host Sensitive Santa and Holiday Programs This Month


After you recover from the bustle and rush of Thanksgiving, pull out your calendar and make plans to celebrate the holiday season with Forsyth County Public Library. Throughout the month of December, all four library branches will host special holiday-themed storytimes, movies, craft sessions, and activities for patrons of all ages.

Sensitive Santa

Christmas isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year for children with sensory or other special needs, such as autism. In fact, a visit to sit on Santa’s lap can be pretty scary for those children and frustrating for their parents who simply want to give their child a good experience with such a time-honored tradition.

This year, all library locations will offer a Sensitive Santa program that offers dim lighting, soft voices, and 10 minutes of one-on-one time with Santa. Families may bring their own cameras to capture their child’s experience with Santa.

Advance registration is required and Sensitive Santa programs will be offered Saturday, December 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cumming Library, Sunday, December 6 at 2:15 p.m. at the Post Road Library, Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library and Saturday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sharon Forks Library.

Christmas Characters & Crafts

Come meet local author Marie Kirkpatrick as she reads her book Frankie’s Christmas Surprise at the Cumming Library on Wednesday, December 2 at 3:15 p.m. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

He’s as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel….Mr. Grinch! Join us for You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch! events from December 7 to December 20 and we’ll enjoy the beloved 1966 animated movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Grinch-themed treats, crafts, and even a visit from the Grinch himself! You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch! is open to patrons of all ages and advance registration is requested. This program is sponsored by the Forsyth County Public Library Friends & Advocates.

Bring your creativity and build your own gingerbread house at the Hampton Park Library on Tuesday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend the Gingerbread House Workshop and no registration is required.

Celebrate the approaching holidays with your favorite doll at the American Girl Holiday Tea on Sunday, December 13 at 2:15 p.m. at the Post Road Library. Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to dress up as their favorite American Girl character, enjoy tasty treats and fruity tea, try out the photo booth and make crafts to share with their doll! Please register to attend.

Children ages 4 to 10 will enjoy decorating ornaments, making air fresheners, cool bookmarks, and cute key chains to give to family and friends at Holiday Gift Crafting for Kids on Saturday, December 19 at 11:15 a.m. at the Post Road Library.

Popular programs like Puppetpalooza: Holiday Edition, Holiday Movie Picnics and Family Movies, ‘Tis the Season for Stories, and Saturday Santa at the Hampton Park and Sharon Forks libraries are planned, as well.

Just for Teens

Teens can learn how to make intricate pop-up greeting cards for their friends and family at the Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, December 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Holiday Pop-Up Card Making for Teens is open to students in grades 6 and up.

Want to make some fun and funky gifts? Register for Washi Tape Wizardry for Teens at the Cumming Library on Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. to learn all about washi tape and make your own washi tape creations.

Middle and high school students can make hot cocoa Christmas ornaments, peppermint sugar scrub, fabric wreaths, decoupage ornaments and stamped washer necklaces at Holiday Gift Crafting for Teens at the Post Road Library on Saturday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. Please register to attend.

Try your hand at creating puppet characters, scripts, and props at the Puppet Show Workshop for Teens at the Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, December 30 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Or, wrap up the holiday season with Cocoa and Karaoke on Wednesday, December 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Post Road Library. Teens in grades 6 through 12 can enjoy a steaming cup of cocoa while singing their favorite songs.

Gift Crafting for Grown-ups

Need gift ideas for your friends, neighbors, or your child’s teacher? Register for the Post Road Library Makerday on Sunday, December 6 and you can create thoughtful, homemade jar gifts. This program is for adults only and advance registration is required.

On the second Friday of each month, Creative Circle meets at 2:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library for creative fun and fellowship. On December 11, the group will be making snowglobes. Participation is free and no registration is required.

Drop in and discover a new hobby or try a make-and-take craft at the Hobby Share Fair on Sunday, December 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. Have a hobby you'd like to share? Register to become a vendor at the Hobby Share Fair.

For more information on these and other December events at the library, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

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