Library Lines: Dec. 15

Fun crafting for kids

This Friday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 5, children 6 to 12 years old can participate in Make a No-Sew Pillow for the holidays. This fun session lets kids get creative with simple-to-follow instructions and no sewing whatsoever. Registration is required; the fun will just happen naturally. On Sunday, Dec. 18, Holiday Crafts are available for kids of all ages, from 1 to 4:30. Children will be able to make gingerbread ornaments or pipe cleaner candy canes. No registration is required for Sunday’s craft program.

See Spot listen

The Tales to Tails program is this Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11 to noon for children who are independent readers. The kids can pick out library books or bring their favorites to the Book Nook in the Children’s Library to read to gentle therapy dogs provided by ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue). The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. As the children improve their literacy skills, they’re not just learning how to read, they’re learning to love to read. There is no charge for the program; registration is required.

Blood drive

This is the season of giving and at this time one consideration may be giving the gift of life through a blood donation. The American Red Cross is holding its blood drive at the library on Monday, Dec. 19, from 1 to 6:30 with appointments being accepted from 1 to 6:15. People may call the Red Cross to sign up at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to Walk-ins will be accommodated. A positive ID is required at the time of donation.

Classic children’s movie screened

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a perennial favorite and the movie is being shown at the library on Monday, Dec. 19, from 4:15 to 5. After the movie, kids ages 4 and up will be able to decorate their own Charlie Brown Christmas trees in miniature. Registration is required for this fun event.

Movie day for kids

Friday, Dec. 23, is Holiday Movies day at the library. From 10:15 to 5:30, children can drop in at any time to catch one of many holiday-themed movies, from Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. There is no registration and no fee. Caretakers must remain with children under 8; for children between 8 and under 12, caregivers must remain in the building. Any inquiries can be directed to the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336.

Shopping local at the library

With just a few more days left until Christmas and Hanukkah, the library is the place for people to shop for family and friends. The Holiday Book Sale is still going strong in the gallery with tables chocked full of books, DVDs, CDs and more. It is a perfect time to pick up materials for the grandkids, for babysitters, teachers and anyone else on people’s gift lists. Items are in pristine condition with inventory being replenished on a regular basis. The Giving Tree is another way to recognize a special someone by purchasing a wish list item from the tree for the library’s collection or programs. The item with then be marked with a bookplate if possible. The wish list includes items from the Children’s Library, Innovation Station and much more. For those who love artwork, this month’s exhibition, The Message is in the Medium, may be the perfect place to find something special for a special someone. The art exhibition runs through Dec. 29 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library; the book sale and giving tree will be available through Monday, Jan. 2.

Reminder: The library will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 24, 25 and 26. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.