The holidays are approaching, and Grove City Library will have its share of related programs for children and adults throughout December.

The holidays are approaching, and Grove City Library will have its share of related programs for children and adults throughout December.

During the weekends of Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, Youth Services will host a Make and Take Ornament Craft workshop. Children are welcome to stop in anytime those days to make an ornament to take home. They can hang it on their tree or give it as a gift.

Dec. 10 promises to be a busy day at Grove City Library. Signs of Christmas will perform at noon. Signs of Christmas is a musical group that performs carols throughout the holiday season to raise awareness of deafness and hearing difficulties and to offer some holiday cheer. The group appears throughout central Ohio and has been performing for almost 30 years.

Nutcracker Sweet will be offered from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. the same day. Youth Services will have snacks, crafts and fun based on "The Nutcracker" ballet and the classic children's book, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffman.

The day continues at 3:30 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives at Harper's Grove, the early literacy section in the Youth Services Department. Santa will read "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and then children can have their pictures taken with Santa until 5:45 p.m. A donation for each picture will benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital. Santa's visit is by sponsored by Twig 184.

Santa will also be at Westland Area Library at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Children may sit with him for a picture. Signs of Christmas will be at Westland at 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

Westland will host a Family Holiday Craft Night at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Families are invited to make simple crafts for the holiday season. We will read "The Night Before Christmas" and "The Santa Trap" prior to making the decorations. Join us for crafts, fun stories and a snack or two. All children, accompanied by an adult, are invited.

Grove City Library also will host a couple of programs toward the end of the month for those looking to beat the winter blues and looking for something to do. Winter Break Movies @ the Library and Building Boxes will run Dec. 27-30. Building Boxes, which runs all day, offers children the chance to build. What will they create? Their imaginations will decide. Winter Break Movies @ the Library will screen different family friendly holiday movie at 2 p.m.

For a full listing of programs scheduled at the library, pick up a copy of the winter edition of The Happenings newsletter, which will be available shortly. Events calendars also will be available at each SPL branch.

Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at mdubovec@swpl.org.