December Brings Wintery Disney Trivia, Local Holiday Shopping & Merry Gnome Ornaments

Posted on November 17, 2021 at 6:00 am

Kids and families can enjoy library programs for making gnome ornaments, creating a gingerbread house, competing in wintery Disney trivia, trying science experiments, and participating in Camp Read-a-Rama during winter break. Plus, enjoy storytimes every week, including two LEGO Storytimes in December.

Parents of young children can discover new and engaging books during Picture Book Chat with librarians Mary Ellen and Sheri.

Businesses and entrepreneurs can learn how to create SMART Goals to achieve success in the coming year.

Do you have more holiday shopping to do? Consider shopping local in four communities through December 4 for a chance to win a prize.

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SMART Goals for Small Business

Prepare your business for the new year by setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) goals and building a plan to achieve them. Adults

Registration is required.

Thursday, Dec 16, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

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Picture Book Chat

Discover new picture books that children will enjoy with librarians Mary Ellen and Sheri, as they chat about recently released titles in our collection. Hear and see what they like about these wonderful books for toddlers, preschoolers, and emergent readers. They also share some book-inspired activities you can try with the children in your life! Adults

View Picture Book Chat on our Facebook page

Wednesday, Dec 15, 1–2pm

If you miss any episodes, you watch them on our YouTube channel.

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Kids & Families

Gnome Holiday Ornaments

Do you appreciate a pointy hat? Create your very own festive gnome ornament, with pointy hat, to celebrate the holidays! This program is available as a self-paced, at-home craft. Families & all ages

Registration is required.

Registration: Dec 1–13 | REGISTER
Bag pickup: Dec 16–22

Nailed it! Gingerbread House Edition

It is time for a culinary engineering challenge! How will you do when you try to build one of the most elaborate gingerbread houses you have ever built? Compete by yourself or recruit members of your household to form a team and find out.

You will need:

  • Graham crackers or gingerbread
  • Frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Various candy for decorating

We give you the challenge at the start of the event. Then, use the graham crackers or gingerbread, frosting, and whatever you have on hand to assemble & decorate your most elaborate and festive gingerbread house. Families & all ages

Registration is required.

Saturday, Dec 11, 2–3pm | REGISTER

Trivia: Disney in the Winter

You’re invited to our snow-filled celebration of wintery Disney movies. Trivia will have questions all about Disney films that take place in winter, are about winter sports, and have characters who thrive in the chilly frost—the Narnia films, Anastasia, The Rescuers, Cool Runnings, Ice Princess, Eight Below, Brother Bear, and Frozen. All ages

Registration is required.

Saturday, Dec 18, 2–3pm | REGISTER

Winter Camp Read-a-Rama

Have some winter fun reading books and doing camp activities, including crafts, music, games, and more! When you make reading part of your winter break, you set yourself up for success for the rest of the school year. Grades 2–5

Registration is required.

Registration ends on Thursday, Dec 16, at 5pm. Supply kits for Camp Read-a-Rama will be available during the week before camp.

Monday–Thursday, Dec 27–30, 10–11:30am | REGISTER

Science from Home

Let’s see what we can do with science! Librarian Molly shares a science experiment with you each week that you can do at home with common household supplies. This is a rerun of previously shared videos. Ages 8+ & their families

You can view this program weekly on our Facebook page.

Saturdays, Dec 4, 11 & 18, 11am


Online Storytimes – Live

Children will have fun learning when we read stories, sing songs, and share fingerplays during storytime. Ages 2–5 & their families

Registration is required for each session. 

Thursdays, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6:30–7pm | REGISTER
Fridays, Dec 3, 10, 17 & 31, 9:30–10am

Storytime Shorts

Storytime is a great way to help young children learn language and literacy skills that help them get ready for kindergarten. Ages 2–5 & their families

View our Storytime Shorts on our Facebook page.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Dec 2–30, 10am

If you miss any episodes, you watch them on our YouTube channel.

Building with Books: LEGO Storytime

Enjoy listening to a fun read-aloud story. Afterwards, recreate a part of the story, such as a character, scene, or setting, using LEGO bricks or other craft materials in your home. Then, share your creations with the group! Families & all ages

Registration is required for each session.

Tuesday, Dec 7 & 21, 4–4:45pm | REGISTER

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Holiday Shopping

Small Business Saturday: Shop Local All Week Long

Support local small businesses and the Shop Small movement, starting on Small Business Saturday, November 27, and continuing through Saturday, December 4.

Four District libraries are once again Neighborhood Champions as part of the American Express Shop Small program: Cheney, Medical Lake, Deer Park, and Argonne (Millwood) Libraries. We look forward to providing you with an opportunity to discover and support the great small businesses in your hometown.

During this week-long event, you can participate in the Shop Small passport challenge and enter a drawing to win a gift certificate to a local business!

Visit a Neighborhood Champion library to pick up your passport and shopping tote (while supplies last). Then explore participating businesses all week long, and gather stamps for your passport.

To be entered into the prize drawing, bring your completed passport back to the library before 6pm on December 4. One prize winner will be drawn for each location and notified by December 10, and each winner can choose the participating small business for their gift certificate.

Shop Small prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Argonne, Cheney, Deer Park, and Medical Lake Libraries. Special thanks to the Friends for generously supporting this program.

Library Welcome Station: Saturday, Nov 27, 10am–5pm
Shop Small Event: Nov 27–Dec 4
Return Completed Passports to Library: Nov 27–Dec 4, during open hours

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