The holidays are quickly approaching, and Shreve Memorial Library is helping patrons get prepared by offering a series of DIY (do-it-yourself) programs to cover holiday planning essentials. Patrons can make their own holiday cards, ornaments and gifts with the help of library staff. In addition, two Shreve Memorial Library branches will offer free gift-wrapping. Programs begin as early as December 2 and continue through December 23.
Christmas cards are great for spreading holiday cheer and good will. Hamilton/South Caddo Branch will hold several DIY Christmas card programs for adults. On Tuesday, December 3, adults are invited to Crafternoon: Christmas Cards to make Christmas cards using scrapbook paper. The Crafternoon program will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and registration is required. Adults can learn how to use Publisher to create and design holiday greeting cards at the Technology Class on Wednesday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. The branch will also give crafters an opportunity to create vintage, handmade cards at Do-It-Yourself Christmas Cards on Thursday, December 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Several branches including Main, North Caddo, and Wallette will combine technology with traditional holiday cards to make light-up greeting cards. Patrons of all ages can visit Main Branch on Mondays in December from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how to create their very own light-up holiday card. North Caddo Branch in Vivian will host Imagineers: Circuits and Christmas for children age five and up on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children will learn about circuitry to create an LED Christmas card. The Wallette Branch will host a similar program for teens on Wednesday, December 18 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
In addition to holiday greeting cards, children and teens will have several opportunities to make keepsake ornaments at the branches using a variety of materials such as perler beads, paper, pipe cleaners, paint and buttons. All supplies for the DIY ornament programs will be provided. Teens age 11 to 17 can participate in the following programs:
Children can also make their own ornaments at the library. On Thursday, December 5, children can make button art ornaments at the Wallette Branch from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our Mooretown Branch will host Imagination Station ornament-making for children age 5 to 10 on Friday, December 13 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, children can create pipe cleaner ornaments at the Hosston Branch on Monday, December 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults looking for unique gift ideas this holiday season can join several DIY craft programs. The Atkins Branch will teach adults how to make great holiday gifts out of cement. The branch will host two programs on Friday, December 6 and Friday, December 13, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the branch located at 3704 Greenwood Road.
At the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, adults can learn to design and create farmhouse holiday signs and winter décor, perfect gifts for the holidays and winter displays. The branch will host the programs on Tuesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. All supplies will be provided.
Adults can learn to make their own holiday wreaths or crochet mini stockings as well. Wreath-making programs will take place on Monday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mooretown Branch, on Thursday, December 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gilliam Branch, and on Monday, December 16 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Wallette Branch. Registration is required to attend the Gilliam wreath-making program. Please call (318) 296-4227 or visit the Gilliam Branch, located at 12797 Main Street in Gilliam, to register.
Those interested in learning to crochet can visit the David Raines Branch on Thursday, December 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Crochet Academy: Mini Stockings and make their own mini crocheted stocking perfect for gift cards. Space is limited for the Crochet Academy. Call (318) 222-0824 to sign up or visit the David Raines Branch located at 2855 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
The Wallette and Gilliam Branches are offering additional services to help with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. Beginning Monday, December 9, the Wallette Branch will offer free gift-wrapping Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Monday, December 23. The Gilliam Branch will host a gift-wrapping party on Thursday, December 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gift-wrapping will be provided by the branch staff.