Library Resources | December 10, 2018
This holiday season, offer enriching library programs that are welcoming to all.
The holidays and winter months are upon us, and libraries are looking to schedule activities and programs that are both educational and engaging. However, as Youth Services Librarian Abby Johnson warns, holiday programming choices “have the potential to offend and exclude, just as they have the potential to educate and enrich.” That is why it’s important to think critically about your holiday programming. The following are five ideas you might consider for your library during the month of December — and throughout the winter season.
Invite patrons to make greeting cards to share with friends or loved ones. This is a fun project for adults and children — whether they choose to make cards for the holidays or another occasion. Participants will need cardstock, wrapping paper scraps, ribbon, stamps or stickers, scissors and craft glue. Patrons can bring their own scrapbooking supplies or you can ask your community to donate these materials. Here are the steps:
Step-by-step instructions for thousands of paper craft projects can be found in Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.
In December, temperatures across North America begin to plunge. Many cities have large homeless populations — men, women and children who struggle to keep warm during the winter months. Encourage patrons to get into the spirit of giving by knitting hats, mittens, scarves and blankets for charity. Host a makerspace event and invite accomplished needlecrafters to share expertise and other “purls” of wisdom with newbies. Both Flipster® and Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center™ offer dozens of magazines devoted to fiber crafts, many with step-by-step instructions for knitting all styles of hats.
It’s important to think critically about your holiday programming.
Pickled beets, anyone? Or maybe folks prefer jams and jellies. The evolution of canning and preserving food involved many cultures and centuries of experimentation. Invite a local historian to the library to discuss the hobby of canning and preserving foods, such as meats, fruits and vegetables. Provide information and tips for getting started. Dozens of articles on canning and preserving foods are available in Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.
Holiday traditions are an important part of a family’s history. Patrons looking to create a meaningful gift for a relative should look no further than the library’s genealogy resources. MyHeritage Library Edition contains millions of historical documents and photos that can be included in a custom-made family history book. To drum up patron interest in exploring family roots, host an introductory genealogy session that offers tips for getting started and a review of available resources. Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center includes a hobby profile with advice on how to trace and compile family history.
For some senior citizens, the holiday season brings memories of lost loved ones and other feelings of sadness or loneliness. Invite adults, teens and children to cut hundreds of paper snowflakes to decorate the windows of assisted living facilities and nursing homes in your community. You can even hand out paper snowflakes to seniors who visit the library. It’s an easy way to spread winter cheer — even in warmer climates!
Participants will need white paper, scissors, toothpicks, craft glue, silver glitter and thread.
Does your library offer a database to support your community’s makers? Give Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center a try!
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