Southwest Public Libraries is full of holiday cheer this season.
From crafts, concerts and stories to visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and more, both branches have a full schedule of programming to help you get in the holiday spirit.
Grove City Library has a full day of holiday events on Dec. 7. Children ages 4-12 are invited to "Snow Much Fun" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., an event featuring snacks, crafts, activities and a visit from Mrs. Claus. Later in the afternoon, all ages are invited to a musical performance by Signs of Christmas. This nonprofit group spreads holiday cheer and deaf and hard-of-hearing awareness through the beauty of American sign language. Guests are invited to enjoy some carols and signing at 3 p.m.
Dec. 7 also kicks off the first presentation of what is sure to be a new family tradition. The Grove City Youth Services department will present the first storywalk from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15 at the library. Families can take a walk and travel through the library while reading "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore and illustrated by Mary Engelbreit. Each page will be in a different location with interactive questions along the way. Be sure to stop by the Youth Services Desk at the end for a special treat. The storywalk will be available during library hours.
Westland Youth Services welcomes the return of the Library Store on Mondays and Saturday in December. The store will be open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Stop in to see how you can earn "Santa Bucks" to spend at the store. Westland is also collecting nonperishable food donations for Jordan's Crossing, a nonprofit organization serving those in need on the West Side.
For those in a crafty mood, there are plenty of programs. At Grove City, adults are invited to craft unique bookmarks perfect for stocking stuffers or any occasion at 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Children of all ages are invited to stop in at Grove City and make an ornament anytime during the weekends of Dec. 7 and 8 and Dec. 14 and 15.
At Westland, children in grades 4-12 are invited to come chalk paint a snowflake perfect to hang on a tree in the window at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Registration is limited: call 614-878-1301, ext. 232, to sign up.
Adults are invited to Westland at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 to enjoy some hot beverages and craft ornaments using old puzzle pieces, ribbon, paint, and glue. Call 614-878-1301, ext. 603, to register.
Teens and adults are invited to Westland at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 to make folded book angels by upcycling hardback books, ornaments, and ribbon. Registration is limited. Call 614-878-1301, ext. 232, to register.
Santa will make a stop at Westland Area Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Don't forget your camera!
Finally, mark your calendars for a special concert in January. Join ProMusica musicians at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 for a performance linking classical music and children's literature. This free family concert will focus on particular themes of music. ProMusica-High, Low, Fast, Slow is made possible with support from the Siemer Family Foundation and the English Family Foundation.
We wish everyone a happy holiday season.
Mark Shaw is the director of Southwest Public Libraries.