December sees some changes occurring to the programming at the Harker Heights Public Library, but there are still plenty of programs for all ages to participate in and one big event that the entire family will be certain to enjoy.
As a reminder, the library will close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed all day on both Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the holidays.
The big (and highly anticipated) event for the month of December is the Harry Potter Yule Ball, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Library director Lisa Youngblood said, “We’ll turn the library into Hogwarts.” In the Great Hall, “We’ll have a dance,” and, “There will be a Common Room where they can hang (out). ... We’ll have a lot of crafts that can be made — they’ll have a writing station, they’ll make some holiday ornaments, and we’ll have butterbeer.
“We want to encourage people to wear costumes if they have them,” Youngblood said, “or just come as you are.”
Saturday, Dec. 14, brings “DIY Holidays at the Library.” Children’s librarian Amanda Hairston corresponded that, “This is an all ages program.”
Beginning at 11 a.m. and going until 4 p.m., people can come and make holiday cards and gift tags; Hairston said this is a come-and-go program, so people can come when they choose and stay for as little or as long as they would like.
“Handmade Holidays” begins at 2 p.m. when people can “create a rustic ornament for yourself or for a gift.”
Then at 3 p.m. people can come “make a body scrub to help you or a loved one de-stress for the holidays” with aromatherapy gifts.
According to Hairston, programs held each week in December will have a specific theme. Programs for the week of Dec. 9 will be winter-themed; programs during the week of Dec. 16 will have a Christmas theme; programs from Dec. 23 through Dec. 25 will have a Hanukah and Kwanzaa theme; and Dec. 30 through Jan. 2 will be “Happy New Year!”
There are three special music programs being held in December courtesy of Jessica Barnum of the Sweet Harmony Music Studio. The first will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. with the Homeschool Club, for ages 6 to 10 years. The other two will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, and require registration.
The first class, “Mommy and Me Holiday Music,” will be held at 9 a.m. and is intended for ages zero to three years. The second class, “Preschool Holiday Music,” will be held at 10 a.m. and is intended for ages 4 and 5.
Please contact Hairston at email@example.com to register and reserve your spot now as space for the class is limited.
Homeschool Club meets every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Children ages 6 to 10 will learn a different topic each week from a variety of subjects, from Language Arts to mathematics to science.
Science Club meets on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. Children ages 5 to 12 will enjoy hands-on experiments and activities in this half-hour-long program. December will be the last month that Science Club will be held until the summer.
Family Nights take place every Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m. December will feature Reading Rovers on Dec. 5; Holiday Makerspace on Dec. 12, where children can make a holiday gift with their families; Holiday Story Time on Dec. 19; and the Family New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 26.
Adults will get yet another chance to “Get Crafty” with reference librarian Christina Link. Link sad that for December the project will be a Christmas card holder or something else holiday-related.
This arts and crafts program for adults requires no skill, just a “sense of fun and creativity.” All materials will be provided by the library.
For more information about these and any other programs the library has to offer, go to http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/library and click on the “special events” tab, or call 254-953-5491.