If you can’t travel this holiday season, go to Euclid Public Library, and take a festive trip around the world!
In December, Euclid Public Library will mix a dash of lifelong learning with a sprinkle of holiday fun to create The Gift of Stories: International Winter Celebrations, a month-long event that will dazzle your eyes, please your taste buds, and tickle your brain. The holidays are a time to share old and new memories and stories. This season, the library is embracing holiday storytelling with an international twist by showcasing the different ways people around the world celebrate the winter season.
The journey begins when you walk inside. Visitors can check out the “Deck the Walls” exhibit in the art gallery featuring winter and holiday art created by members of the Euclid Art Association.
As you continue past the checkout area, you’ll notice that each area of the library reflects a different country or winter celebration. Throughout the month, visitors of all ages can witness how different countries celebrate, attend internationally themed parties, enjoy holiday storytelling, sample seasonal treats from around the world, and participate in various creative activities.
The fun begins on December 1, all day during regular library hours. Everyone is invited to “party around the world” at EPL’s holiday open house:
10:00 am-noon Enjoy pastries and hot beverages as you visit each area.
All day Take a virtual trip around the world. Children can create Christmas ornaments in the children’s area and discover how many of our Christmas traditions were adopted from Germany. Head across to the teen area to see how people in Latin America celebrate Christmas and create a holiday craft. The fireplace area features countries that welcome the Winter Solstice. Here, you can snap a selfie by a special winter-themed photo backdrop. You can also make a special treat in this area to feed the birds this winter. The adult area is the place to learn about Africa and Kwanzaa. Watch a video showing how women turn strips of magazines into colorful beads. Stop by the nearby bead station to make a bracelet using those African paper beads. Behind the fireplace, Euclid Public Library has transformed its windows into a large “window menorah” for its Hanukkah celebration. In this area, you can challenge your friends to a game of Spin the Dreidel and help create a mosaic menorah poster out of colored stickers. The journey around the world ends in the computer area where you can view the beautiful World Tree. Those who send Christmas cards are invited save money by participating in EPL’s Christmas Card Swap. Bring last year’s leftover cards with envelopes to the library and exchange them for other cards.
In the afternoon and evening sample a variety of international cookies and treats along with hot beverages.
1:00 pm-3:00 pm A caricaturist will be available to create a custom holiday card featuring you.
3:00 pm-4:30 pm Teens can enjoy cookies, fruit, snacks, and beverages in the Lake and Shore rooms as they play games.
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Children and families are invited to attend a fun-filled Dr. Seuss Grinch Party. Register online before December 1 to attend: https://euclidlibrary.libcal.com/event/9074356
Before you leave, pick up a grab-and-go holiday kit to make a tree ornament at home. (Available while supplies last.)
After the holiday open house, return to EPL for more holiday parties and events.
Starting on December 5 and continuing until Christmas, patrons can stop by the international holiday treats table in the adult area to sample different holiday sweets from around the world each week and discover the stories behind them. (Available while supplies last.)
December 12/ 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Hallmark holiday movie fans can join us on Instagram to learn what romance novels would be perfect inspirations for a Hallmark movie. Visit @euclid_library at the start time to participate.
December 14/ 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Adults are invited to listen and learn the fascinating true stories behind our beloved Christmas music with the Doc of Rock and Roll, Dr. Joel Keller.
December 19/ 10:15 am-1:00 pm Start your day with laughter at the library by joining us for a screening of the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” This hilarious sequel to the two Lampoon Vacation flicks has the Griswold family staying home for the holidays and being invaded by bickering relatives. For adults.
December 19/ 6:00 pm-7:00 pm The Gift of Stories continues with Hanukkah stories with Rabbi Melinda Mersack. Join us for activities, sweet Hanukkah treats, and a candle lighting. This event is designed for those who are curious about Hanukkah and would like to know what it is all about. Just come to the fireplace area and join in the fun. For all ages.
December 20/ 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Make plans to attend a lively Latin American Christmas party for all ages! Local author and storyteller Lindsay Bonilla will share a South of the Border holiday story. Join us for a crafty holiday activity, Mexican sweets, and more! This event is designed for anyone curious about Latin American Christmas traditions.
December 21/ all day during normal library hours. The Winter Solstice marks “the turning of the Sun" when the days slowly get longer. That is a good reason to celebrate! Come to EPL to watch a video showing how people all over the world celebrate the solstice and enjoy European pastries and hot beverages. You can participate in a project to help feed the birds this winter and take selfies with our special winter backdrop.
December 22/ all day during normal library hours. Prepare for Kwanzaa by making a gift. Stop by our African beading station in the adult area and create a bracelet using African paper beads. While you are there, watch a video showing how these unique and colorful beads were made and how they are helping African women provide for their families.
The Gift of Stories: International Winter Celebrations is Euclid Public Library’s gift to the community this holiday season. Stop by this December and let’s celebrate together!