December Events & Activities for Children

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December Events & Activities for Children

winter PINECONE gnome take and make

East Springfield Branch
Thursday, December 1 – Saturday, December 31 | Open Hours | Ages 5-18

Come pick up a Winter Pinecone gnome kit to make your very own good luck gnome! The kit contains everything you need, but you can add to it with whatever you have at home.

sparkling snowflakes for everyone

Indian Orchard Branch
Saturday, December 3 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Ages 8+

Using a variety of materials, we will create sparkling snowflakes to hang in your windows or on your tree. For ages 8 and up. For more information, please call 413-263-6846.

Chill Out Storytime

Sixteen Acres Branch
Mondays: December 5 & 19 | 1:30 PM & 4:00 PM (both days) | Ages 2-5

Need a break from the hectic holiday hubbub? Join us for your librarian’s favorite stories and a song or two. Ideal for ages 2-5 with younger and older children welcome.


Sixteen Acres Branch
Monday, December 5 – Saturday, December 10 | Open Hours| Ages 5-13

December 7 is Letter Writing Day. Drop in all week and find supplies to write and mail your own letter or postcard! Envelopes and stamps provided.

Animal Tales with Forest Park Zoo!

Forest Park Branch
Tuesdays: December 6, 13, & 20 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Ages 2-5
Register via our online calendar!

Come to the Library for Animal Tales! The Forest Park Zoo will be at the Forest Park Library on Tuesday mornings in December to introduce new animal friends – just for the littles! Preschool age children will enjoy a craft, game, or activity related to an animal storytime – and meet an animal ambassador from the book! Registration is requested.

build a gingerbread house

 East Springfield Branch
Saturday, December 10 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM| All Ages

Get into the festive holiday spirit by making gingerbread houses with graham crackers and decorate it with sweets! While supplies last.

holidays celebration

Brightwood Branch
Monday, December 12 & Wednesday,  December 14 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Ages 3-5

Let’s celebrate the spirit of the Holidays with favorite stories and craft related activities.

hot chocolate in a jar

Brightwood Branch
Tuesday, December 13 | 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM| Children & Teens

Short on time or money for a holiday gift? Or simply looking to have something handy for a cold winter’s day? Come down to Brightwood to make your very own Hot Chocolate in a jar using marshmallows, chocolate chips and more! Supplies and refreshments will be provided.


Indian Orchard Branch
Wednesday, December 21 | 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM | Ages 11-18 | Register

Make a Snow Globe necklace for yourself or as a stocking stuffer. Indian Orchard Library Community Room. Preregistration required. Preregister online or by calling 413-263-6846.

New year’s eve in a bag

 East Springfield Branch, Mason Square BranchSixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday,  December 27 – Saturday, December 31 | Open Hours| Ages 5-11

Countdown to the New Year with a take-home bag of fun activities geared to families. Kit includes clock craft, noisemakers, popcorn and more!

cookies and cocoa party

 Sixteen Acres Branch
Thursday, December 29 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Ages 5-13 | Register

Celebrate winter break at the library! Stop by for a morning of tasty treats. Fill up your mug with steaming hot cocoa and decorate your own cookie with all sorts of wacky colors and shimmering sprinkles! We ask guardians to accompany any child under 10.