Libraries are more than just repositories of books; they are dynamic spaces that evolve with the seasons and adapt to the changing needs and interests of their communities. As the holiday season approaches, libraries transform into cozy havens of warmth and wonder, offering a unique and magical experience for patrons of all ages. After looking into Halloween celebrations in libraries, we’ll now explore how libraries celebrate the Christmas season and bring joy to the hearts of librarians.

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Decking the Halls

The magic of the Christmas season begins with the transformation of library spaces. Libraries should be decorated with festive ornaments, lights, and beautifully adorned Christmas trees. Sometimes even Christmas trees made of books! These decorations not only create an inviting atmosphere but also serve as an excellent opportunity for community engagement. Many libraries organize decoration workshops or contests, inviting patrons and local artists to contribute their talents, which also fosters a community spirit.

Storytime with Santa

One of the most cherished traditions in libraries during Christmas is “Storytime with Santa.” Libraries often invite Santa Claus himself to read stories to children, creating an enchanting experience that captures the imagination of young and old alike. This interactive event not only promotes literacy but also instills a sense of wonder and excitement in children.

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Holiday-Themed Workshops and Programs

Libraries go beyond storytime to offer a wide range of holiday-themed workshops and programs. From cookie decorating and ornament crafting to gingerbread house building, these activities provide opportunities for patrons of all ages to engage with their library in a festive and educational way. Apart from the traditional activities, librarians can also prepare a Christmas-themed library scavenger hunt that is sure to make your patrons excited!

The Gift of Giving

The Christmas season is all about giving, and libraries fully embrace this spirit. Many libraries organize book drives and donation programs to provide books and gifts to less fortunate members of the community. This not only promotes reading and literacy but also fosters empathy and a sense of community responsibility among patrons. Involving patrons in these initiatives also strengthens their connection to the library as a force for good in their lives.

Christmas Reading List

Libraries should also consider creating a Christmas reading list, with typical holidays books such as:

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg
“Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris
“Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances” by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Reading during Christmas

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These books offer a diverse range of stories that celebrate the holiday season in all its glory. Whether the patrons are seeking a heartwarming tale of redemption, a whimsical adventure, or a dose of holiday romance, there’s something here to delight every reader. Christmas reading list should be nicely designed, easily accessible, and well displayed in the libraries, making it easy for the visitors to get inspired.

Conclusion

The Christmas season in libraries is a time of enchantment, learning, and community building. It’s a time when libraries not only offer their usual resources but also transform into magical places that bring joy and wonder to people’s lives. For librarians and library professionals, it’s a rewarding season that showcases the power of libraries to connect, inspire, and make a positive impact on their communities. As we celebrate this season, let us remember the magic of libraries and the invaluable contributions of those who work tirelessly to make them such special places during the holidays!

Merry Christmas!

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Alzbeta Rybová

Alzbeta is a content writer for the Princh Library Blog. Princh, which is a printing solution designed specifically for and with public libraries, makes a consistent effort to provide advocacy for libraries and library professionals. The Princh blog discusses library specific topics that inform their readers of library trends, insights, technologies and more.

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