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December Programs

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All Programs are Free and Open to the Public.

Registered Programs are for Residents of North Tonawanda, Wheatfield, or Pendleton.

Again this year, the Elf on the Shelf, Sir Elfs-a-Lot, is visiting the  and getting into all sorts of mischief.  Visit the Children’s Room daily from December 2nd through the 21st to find the elf.  Let the Children’s Librarian know when you find the elf and collect a special bead for your chain.  You can add beads to your chain from the summer or receive a new chain.



Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers are welcome to stop by the library and enjoy drop-in storytime.  Join us on Wednesdays, December 4th and 18th from 10:30-11:00am. There will be a mixture of stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. No registration is required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. After storytime, stay and play with our toys and puzzles. Visit the library  or call  for more information.
Join us for Ages 3-5 Drop-in Story Time in the Children’s Room at the Library.  The program will be Thursday afternoon, December 5th and 19th from 1:30-2PM. There will be a lively mixture of favorite stories, rhymes, and songs.  No registration is required. This program features a lively mixture of favorite short stories, fingerplays and music.    All children must be accompanied by an adult.  After the storytime stay and play with our toys, DUPLOs, and puzzles.


Enjoy our Holiday Craft  at the Library.  On Saturday, December 7th , children are invited to join us in the Children’s Room anytime between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to make an accordion Christmas tree and a Holiday mobile. You can also create an ornament to put on our library Christmas tree.    Children five and under may need a parent’s help. No registration is required. For additional information, please call the library.
We welcome the return of our Paws for Reading Program for Children in Grades K-6.   They may practice their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog.  We are very excited to introduce you to our new friend Timmy, the Pug.  Join us on SUNDAYS, December 8th and 15th from 1PM -2:45P.M. This time includes a flexible 15-minute break for Timmy.  You may sign up for a 15-minute session by calling the library.  This is a great opportunity for children who are reluctant readers, reluctant about dogs, or just love to read and be with our friend, Timmy!   We ask parents of children ages 10 and younger to please stay in the library.  Register by calling the library  or e-mailing,  please make sure you receive a confirmation e-mail.


We will be having 2 visits from Santa this year- The first will be after our Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 7th at 3:15.Two of our favorite Holiday traditions at the Library, Santa and Magician, Michael Joseph.  So, please join us once again for OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY MAGIC SHOW with Special Guest: SANTA on Wednesday, December 18th  from 6:30-7:30PM.  Michael Joseph’s magic will delight and mystify all ages. We also will enjoy a MAGICAL visit from SANTA CLAUS.  There will be treats for all.  Parents: Pictures with Santa may be taken after all children receive their treats. No registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free program.  No registration necessary.


Please JOIN US FOR “HOLIDAY BREAK AT THE MOVIES ” on the Big Screen at the Library on Friday, December 27th at 1PM. Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs.  This movie is Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.  It is 1hr., 37 min. long. This program is open to all ages.  Parents, please accompany children under 12.  Popcorn will be served.  No registration required.  This movie is free to the public and we want everyone to enjoy the experience.  In consideration of others, please use quiet voices and manner.  For more information, call the library.



JOIN US FOR “HOLIDAY BREAK AT THE MOVIES 2” on the Big Screen  on Saturday, December 28th at 1PM.  Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, Diego, a mysterious jungle inhabitant, and a ragtag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.  Rated PG for action and some impolite humor  It is 1hr., 42 min. long.  This program is open to all ages.  Parents, please accompany children under 12.  Popcorn will be served.     No registration required.  For more information, call the library.


Blow off some STEAM this Holiday season at the Library, on Monday, December 30th anytime from 1-5PM.  Our Children’s play area will have KEVA planks for building, DUPLO blocks, Coloring sheets for all ages, plus our already tried and true chalkboard, Doctor’s office, puzzles, and kitchen. Bring your child, and relax while you both spend some time with all of our educational activities.  We will have an assortment of crayons, colored pencils, and markers.  All ages are welcome to enjoy the activities!  Join us also for a hands-on demonstration of the Sphero, and other STEAM toys.  We will also be introducing our new STEAM kits, which will be available to borrow from the library.  These great kits include a book and activities that are STEAM related.  These would be great for homeschool families!.  NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY.


 All Programs are Sponsored by the Friends of the North Tonawanda Public Library.   We ask parents of children ages 10 and younger to please stay in the library.


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