What’s Happening at the Library: Craftsmas returns

By John Maruskin

Clark County Public Library

The library is having a holiday house party Saturday, Dec. 8, with three jolly events that will have you cheerfully chortling, “Ho, Ho, Ho!”

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room will become the “Merry Craftsmas Workshop.”

This is the third year for Merry Craftsmas, a day of holiday craft making for adults and children 15 and older.

This year, Merry Craftsmas is all about clothespins.

The five clothespin ornament projects you can create are truly festive and fun to make. They will be especially good for ornament swaps or teacher gifts.

Come for half an hour and make one ornament, or bring your lunch and craft all day.

Dec. 8 is also the library’s 20th anniversary at 370 S. Burns St. Come in to celebrate during the annual holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out new holiday books, music and DVDs.

There are loads of new holiday bookazines located by the book displays at the front of the library and in front of the reference desk.

Holiday craft and cookbook bundles are located on the book bundles table in front of the circulation desk.

Holiday histories, DIY guides, novels and picture books are located on the octagonal table near the public access computers and there is a cartload of holiday movies in front of the DVD section.

If you need help finding material or if you need suggestions, ask one of the library staff. We are Santa approved for holiday advice on everything from cookies to Clausology.

You’ll want to keep up your browsing energy, so be sure to have some cookies and a cup of coffee from the open house snack table.

During the holiday open house you can enter a drawing for one of several gift certificates to be given away at the end of the celebration — to Winchester’s Daily Grind Coffee, Frank’s Doughnuts and Creative Coffees. You don’t have to be here to win. Winners will be notified by phone.

While you’re checking out your books, music and DVDs, be sure to take a look at Director Julie Maruskin’s three-story miniature yarn shop, Ripping Yarns, on display near the circulation desk.

Her display features handcrafted toys and dolls as well as vintage items.

Best of all: Guess the number of yarn skeins in the display and enter your name in a drawing for a gift card to ReBelle Yarn Shop in Lexington.

Please remember the library is accepting donations of good used winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and non-expired canned food items for Operation Happiness.

Use the collection barrel by the front entrance or give your donation to a librarian at the circulation desk.

Other events this week?

— At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Internet 1. Learn Internet browsing basics.

— At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents one of the “hottest” movies of 2018. A security expert (Dwayne Johnson) must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family is trapped inside by criminals. Rated PG -13

— At 8 p.m. Wednesday, reference librarian Jeff Gurnee tests your trivia expertise at the Engine House Pizza Pub.

— At 10 a.m. Friday, Write Local Writers read what they wrote. You can, too. Bring your work in progress. The friendliest critiques in town.

Let the joy begin. It’s holiday time at the Clark County Public Library.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.