A Heap o' Holiday Cheer: Programs for All Ages @ Your Library

Original illustrations from Dicken's A Christmas CarolChances are good that at some point between now and the ceremonial breaking of the first New Year's resolution, each and every one of us will temporarily give in to the bah-humbuggery that is as much a part of the season as the mistletoe, the eggnog and the annual Black Friday Feast of Immaculate Consumption. It’s natural and nothing to be ashamed of. A Christmas Carol remains so popular not because we are a nation of Tiny Tims, but because we all have at least a little Scrooge in us and we want to be reminded of the fact before the ghosts start waking us up at all hours to go flitting around the space-time continuum.

Luckily for all of us, Harris County Public Library offers a little oasis—actually twenty-seven little oases—from the hurly-burly that is the holidays, a place where you can find a nice quiet corner and comfortable chair in which to unwind and let some of the frenetic festivities go on without you, a place where you can browse the aisles and not hear the exOriginal illustration from Dickens' A Christmas Carolhausted whimpering of your credits cards in your wallet, a place to reconnect with the handmade spirit of the holidays, a place to join with others in song, and a place to sit with your child or grandchild in your lap and be dazzled again by a tale of the season.

Remember, all branches will be closed Saturday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the holidays, so don’t forget to stock up on books, DVDs and music for those cozy evenings.

Below are some of the holiday programs still in store at HCPL.

Cy-Fair College Library
Wednesday, December 12  10:00 AM
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Scubie Hoyt
Chanteuse Scubie Hoyt will lead us in some festive singalongs to get the Christmas cheer percolating with a little syncopating.
Adult program

La Porte Community Library
Wednesday, December 12  4:00 PM
Annual Christmas Puppet Show
Seasonal merriment present by the 2012 La Porte Community Library Puppet Committee
Children's program (school-age)

South Houston Branch Library
Thursday, December 13  4:00 PM
Christmas Tree Craft
Join us for this special holiday craft.
Children's program (12 and under)

Atascocita Branch Library
Thursday, December 13  4:30 PM
It's a Wrap!: Gift Wrapping Basics and Beyond
Learn the basics of gift wrapping and create some amazing gift bags, gift card holders, and more! Bring any gifts that you need to wrap and we will show you how! Registration required
Teen/tween program

Stratford Branch Library
Thursday, December 13  4:30 PM
Candy Train Christmas
A special storytime for this most special time of the year. Come in your pajamas, listen to Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express, make candy train ornaments and enjoy some hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course).
All ages program

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Thursday, Dec 13  5:30 PM
Santa Claus is Coming!
You better watch out! You better not cry! Better not pout! I’m telling you why. Santa Claus visits the library Bring your wish lists and your cameras.
Children's program

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Friday, Dec 14  10:30 AM
50 Plus Holiday Concert
Local pianist Tom Thompson will play some holiday tunes to make things merry and bright.
Adult program

Parker Williams Branch Library
Friday, December 14  4:00 PM
Holiday Craft Party
Come make a snowman-themed craft and enjoy some treats
All ages program

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Saturday, December 15  10:00 AM
E-Gifts for the Holidays
Learn all about a variety of eReaders and tablets to help you make an informed gift-giving decision. Space limited.
Adult program

Northwest Branch Library
Saturday, December 15  2:00 PM
Holiday iPad Drawing
Learn how to draw Santa, reindeer and snowmen the high tech way. Limit 24 children,
Children’s program (5 and up)

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Saturday, December 15  2:30 PM
Teen Holiday Program
Come watch a movie, do a craft and enjoy some hot apple cider and cookies.
Teen/tween program

South Houston Branch Library
Monday, December 17  1:30 PM
Make your own Holiday Cards
Learn how to create personalized holiday cards and party invitations with Microsoft Word and Publisher templates.
Adult program

Kingwood Branch Library
Monday, December 17  4:00 PM
Kingwood Park High School Choir Concert
Come relax and listen to seasonal songs from these very talented students.
All ages program

Northwest Branch Library
Monday, December 17  4:00 PM
Mrs. Kringle Storytime
The multi-talented, bibliophile Mrs. Kringle will share some songs, stories and fun.
Children’s program

Kingwood Branch Library
Monday, December 17  4:30 PM
Teen New Year’s Hats and Masks Craft
Join us at the libary for our monthly TAG meeting, have some snacks and make a New Year's mask or hat.
Teen program

South Houston Branch Library
Monday, December 17  6:00 PM
Santa Claus is Coming!
Come visit with Santa. Don't forget your cameras. There will be time for pictures.
Children’s program

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Tuesday, December 18  2:00 PM
Senior Moments Holiday Party
Fun, games and refreshments Registration required
Seniors program

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Tuesday, December 18  7:00 PM
Make your own Gift Tags!
Have fun and save money by creating personalized holiday cards and gift tags with Microsoft Publisher. Registration required
Adult program

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Wednesday, December 19  2:00 PM
Just Desserts Mystery Book Club
This month’s selection is A Christmas Secret by Anne Perry
Adult program

La Porte Community Library
Wednesday, December 19  3:30 PM
The Grinch Visits the Library
Come meet and get your picture taken with the grumpy green guy!
Children’s program (school-age)

Northwest Branch Library
Wednesday, December 19  4:30
Holiday iPad Nutcracker Musical Storybook
Join us for an iPad adventure, a cinematic storybook of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker Ballet, combining original artwork by Yoko Tanaka with excerpts from Tchaikovsky's timeless score. Tickets are free and available 30 minutes before the program. Seating capacity 80.
Children’s program

North Channel Branch Library
Wednesday, December 14  4:30 PM
Polar Express Extravaganza
All aboard to the North Pole! Enjoy holiday crafts and refreshments.
Children’s program

Octavia Fields Branch Library
Wednesday, December 14  4:30 PM
Read It & Eat It Book Club: Holiday Edition
This month’s selection: The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir by Kenneth Harmon
Adult program 

South Houston Branch Library
Thursday, December 20  4:00 PM
Gingerbread House Craft.
Come make a edible gingerbread house. Space is limited. Tickets are free and will be given out 30 minutes before program.
Children’s program (12 and under)

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch LibraryIllustration from Dickens' A Christmas Carol" Marley's ghost
Thursday, December 20  4:30 and 6:30 PM
Friday, December 21  2:30 PM
Gingerbread Houses
We provide the supplies and the children provide the creativity! Tickets are free and available at the Kids Information Desk a half hour before the program.
Children’s program

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Friday, December 21, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Teen Holiday Movie Pajama Party
Drop by the Zone for our annual holiday-themed movie marathon. Snacks and hot chocolate will be served and the wearing of comfy pajamas is highly encouraged.
Teen program