Celebrate the season with fun, free events at Omaha Public Library

Celebrate the season with fun, free events at Omaha Public Library

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The holidays can leave you feeling like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. Don’t forget to take some time to slow down and enjoy the best the season has to offer. Omaha Public Library (OPL) can help with fun, free, pre-planned programs and activities for all ages to enjoy, including music, crafts, open houses, and even visits with Santa! In the listings, a designation of RR means that registration is required. Visit omahalibrary.org or call the hosting location for more information.

Holiday hours: Dec. 24 & 25 – all locations closed; Dec. 31 – all locations close at 6 p.m. (except W. Dale Clark Main Library, open until 8 p.m. for fireworks viewing); Jan. 1 – all locations closed
Thursday, Nov. 30, noon: Holiday music with George Walker at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
Dec. 1-22: Elf on the Shelf at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367. Receive a prize for finding our elf, Dewey. Look for him each time you visit the library.
Dec. 1-24: Elf on the Shelf at Millard Branch. Receive a prize for finding Reed the library elf! He will be hiding in new locations throughout the month.

Saturday, Dec. 2
10:30 a.m.: Morning with Santa at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473
1 p.m.: Holiday piano music from the students of Maestra Mirela Mlynska at Millard Branch

Sunday, Dec. 3, noon-5 p.m.: Wells Fargo Family Festival at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800. Join Curious George, OPL’s mascot Scamper, and library staff for a day filled with fun activities, including storytimes, holiday music, cookie decorating and coloring.

Tuesday, Dec. 5
10 a.m.: Santa Party at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274
6:30 p.m.: Holiday harp music with Anita Jaynes at Millard Branch

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.: Doily snowman craft at Saddlebrook Branch

Saturday, Dec. 9
10 a.m.: Out & About Storytime with Santa at Hy-Vee, 15603 West Maple Rd.
10:30 a.m.: Holiday music with Cecilia Jensen at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851
11:15 a.m.: Winter family craft at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852
2 p.m.: Afternoon with Santa at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299

Sunday, Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m.: Winter family craft at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m.: Light up cards for kids & teens at A.V. Sorensen Branch, RR

Wednesday, Dec. 13
10:30 a.m.: Preschool Gingerbread Storytime at W. Dale Clark Main Library
4 p.m.: Open Source Makers Club ugly Christmas sweater project at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, RR
4 p.m.: Holiday harp music with Grace Spath at Milton R. Abrahams Branch

Thursday, Dec. 14
Noon: Holiday music with Joyce Miller’s Bit of Bronze bells at Millard Branch
4 p.m.: Snow globe and reindeer food craft for kids at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch

Friday, Dec. 15
Noon: Holiday music on jazz piano by Robert Glaser at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850
3:30 p.m.: Teen food & fun with gingerbread houses at W. Dale Clark Main Library

Saturday, Dec. 16
10 a.m.: Gingerbread house making at South Omaha Library
10:30 a.m.: Santa visits storytime at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849
2 p.m.: Ugly holiday sweater craft at Willa Cather Branch

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4 p.m.: Holiday craft hullabaloo at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846

Wednesday, Dec. 20
11 a.m.: Footprint reindeer craft at Saddlebrook Branch
5 p.m.: DIY gift crafts for teens at South Omaha Library, RR
5 p.m.: Light up cards & DIY gift crafts for kids at South Omaha Library

Thursday, Dec. 21, 4:30 p.m.: Holiday craft for kids at A.V. Sorensen Branch

Wednesday, Dec. 27
11 a.m.: Cupcake liner fireworks craft at Saddlebrook Branch
5 p.m.: Cookie decorating for teens at South Omaha Library, RR
6 p.m.: Kwanzaa Feast at Charles B. Washington Branch

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m.: Gingerbread houses at Charles B. Washington Branch, RR

Friday, Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m.: Hogwarts Holiday Lock-In at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, RR

Saturday, Dec. 30
10:30 a.m.: Family Kwanzaa Storytime at Charles B. Washington Branch
10:30 a.m.: Noon Year’s Eve Party at Saddlebrook Branch
2 p.m.: Holiday Nerf Party at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, RR

Visit omahalibrary.org or your neighborhood branch for information about additional programs and services offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.

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