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      Allendale Tree Lighting (File Photo – Allendale Branch Library)

      The public is invited to enjoy the holidays at the library with free craft, program and event offerings for all ages.

      By News Desk

      Whether you plan to enjoy Christmas carols, designing an ugly sweater, or join the Library’s 35th annual Kwanzaa celebration, there are plenty of opportunities to connect, explore and discover.

      Holiday events

      (For all ages unless specified).

      Winter Party
      Say it ain’t snow! Celebrate winter, play games, make crafts and watch a movie.
      Saturday, Dec. 2
      2:00 pm
      Santa Catalina Branch Library
      999 E. Washington Blvd.

      Allendale Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
      Get into the spirit of the season with family crafts and a performance by the Blair Middle and High School Choir. The lighting of the Christmas tree will start at 5:30 pm.
      Thursday, Dec. 7
      4 :00 – 6:00 pm
      Allendale Branch Library
      1130 S. Marengo Ave.

      Sustainable and Stylish Gift Wrapping Workshop
      Traditional wrapping paper is beautiful, but did you know that much of it cannot be recycled? Discover new, more sustainable and creative ways to wrap gifts without sacrificing style or any holiday merriment. For ages 18+. To attend sign up at this link.
      Monday, Dec. 4
      5:00 pm
      Hastings Branch Library
      3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

      Hill Avenue Winter Craft Festival
      Join an afternoon of family-friendly craft projects inspired by the winter season. Visit DIY stations to make and take home your homemade crafts. The courtyard will be open for games, scenic seating areas, and watch a cozy movie to get ready for the cozy season.
      Saturday, Dec. 9
      2:00 pm
      Hill Avenue Branch Library
      55 S. Hill Ave.

      Winter Celebration with the Candlelight Carolers
      Experience the magic of this festive time of year with the Candlelight Carolers. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a delightful mix of timeless classics and modern holiday favorites that will warm your heart. (Sponsored by the San Rafael Library Associates).
      Saturday, Dec. 9
      4:00 pm
      San Rafael Branch Library
      1240 Nithsdale Rd.

      Holiday Snow Globe
      Express your creativity and make your own custom Holiday Snow Globe. Take and Make kits will also be available (while supplies last).
      Monday, Dec. 11
      4:00 pm
      Villa Parke Branch Library
      363 E. Villa St.

      Holiday Tree Decorating
      Help trimming the Christmas tree! Decorate an ornament and then find a special place on the tree to hang it!
      For ages 0-12 years old and their caregivers.
      Dec. 11 – 16
      10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Lamanda Park Branch Library
      140 S. Altadena Dr.

      Hastings Tree Lighting Celebration
      Join  Hastings’ annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy festive songs, carolers, stories, refreshments, and crafts! Tree lighting will be at 5:00 pm.
      Tuesday, Dec. 12
      4:00 – 6:00 pm
      Hastings Branch Library
      3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

      Ugly Christmas Sweater Extravaganza
      Celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: “You supply the sweater, and we’ll supply the decorations for you to make a one-of-a-kind holiday masterpiece.”
      Friday, Dec. 15
      3:00 pm
      Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.

      Make a Holiday Tree with Toban Nichols
      Create a fun and festive holiday tree out of jewelry: “Bring your own discarded or broken jewelry, we’ll provide a hard surface to work with and some lively fabric to cover it.”
      Presented by artist Toban Nichols. For ages 18+.
      To attend sign up at this link.
      Saturday, Dec. 16
      2:30 – 4:30 pm
      Santa Catalina Branch Library
      999 E. Washington Blvd.

      A Christmas Carol
      Enjoy an array of Christmas carols from Christmas Matters Holiday Carolers. The quartet, adorned in stunning detailed Dickens costumes, ring in the season with their melodic voices.
      Saturday, Dec. 16
      4:30 pm
      Linda Vista Branch Library
      1281 Bryant St.

      Hill Avenue Winter Holiday Celebration
      Join on Zoom for a cozy evening of songs, crafts and stories by the fireplace. Don’t forget to bring some hot chocolate and a warm blanket. To attend, sign-up at this link.
      Tuesday, Dec. 19
      7:00 pm

      35th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
      Heri za Kwanzaa! Happy Kwanzaa! Join a joyous Kwanzaa celebration full of music, storytelling and youth presentations, in partnership with Pasadena Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Celebrate heritage and tradition with family, friends and the whole community!
      Wednesday, Dec. 27
      11:00 am
      Jefferson Branch Library
      1500 E. Villa St.

      Happy Noon Year
      Ring in the New Year with your little ones as they make crafts and enjoy festive activities before counting down to noon.
      Saturday, Dec. 30
      11:30 am
      Santa Catalina Branch Library
      999 E. Washington Blvd.

      Holiday Crafts

      Available while supplies last.

      Take & Make: Paper Gingerbread House
      Bring some holiday cheer inside your home with a paper gingerbread house. Kits can be picked up starting Friday, Dec. 1.
      Friday, Dec. 1
      10:00 am
      San Rafael Branch Library
      1240 Nithsdale Rd.

      Take & Make: Beaded Snowflake
      Craft your own one-of-a-kind snowflake with a blend of decorative and letter beads in this delightful DIY. Reserve a kit at at this link.
      For ages 5+.
      Monday, Dec. 11
      Hastings Branch Library
      3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

      Take & Make: Cozy Simmer Pots
      Pick up a kit to enthrall the senses with the supplies you’ll need for a fragrant simmer pot. (One kit per family).
      Kits can be picked up at Hill Avenue Branch Library. For ages 5+.
      Monday, Dec. 18
      Hill Avenue Branch Library
      55 S. Hill Ave.

      Whether you are looking to adventure through state parks and explore the great outdoors this winter, or ride out the winter cold with a cozy blanket and a new library check out, Pasadena Public Library has you covered. Search the online catalog or ask a librarian for reading suggestions and California State Park Passes.

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