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December 1, 2017, All Day @ Eureka Main Library, Circulation Desk
Now you can check out a fun family experience, along with your books! Check out a free Sequoia Park Zoo Family Pass at the Library. Thanks to a partnership between the Sequoia Park Zoo and the Humboldt County Library, you and your family can visit the zoo at no cost. Each month starting on the first day of the month, four Family Passes will be available and four lucky families will be able to check them out. Just come to the circulation desk at the Eureka Main Library or your local branch library with your library card. Then visit the Zoo within 28 days. Where's the zoo? You'll find it at 3414 W St, Eureka, CA 95503.
December 1, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
Babies and their families are invited to share songs, rhymes, bouncing games, finger plays, and short stories at this early literacy event. Following the program, there's time for play with developmentally appropriate toys and socializing for both parents and children. The program is designed for children aged 3-24 months, and occurs on the first and third Friday of each month.
December 2, 2017, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library
All You've Wanted to Know About Victorian Architecture -- but Were Afraid to Ask. In this program, local historian Ray Hillman illuminates Victorian architecture by centering upon three essentials, the first being a consideration of the era’s namesake, Queen Victoria. The second is that Victorian architecture is not really a style, but a progression of styles, each more elaborate than the one before. Thirdly, one can recognize the different Victorian styles by the architectural details. Ray will show us how to do so with a slide show followed by a show-and-tell featuring actual ornamentation—redwood, iron, bronze, glass, and terra cotta—saved from long ago demolished Victorians, all from his personal collection amassed over nearly sixty years.
December 2, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ McKinleyville Branch Library
Drop in to try out virtual reality! The McKinleyville Public Library is part of the CA Virtual Reality Experience, a joint program of the CA State Library and CALIFA to bring this new technology to communities that might otherwise not have it. Today McKinleyville Library offers you the chance to use Oculus Rift virtual reality equipment. Come in to try it out! This program is recommended for ages 13 and up.
December 3, 2017, All Day
December 5, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Arcata Library
Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
December 6, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Children will start with a cardboard box, and design, build, and decorate their own vehicle with the help of their families. When the cars are ready, kids will park at the drive-in theater in the library's meeting room to watch the video 'Dinosaur Bones' by Bob Barton. Participants can take their cars home to continue the fun.
December 8, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
(to your left as you enter the lobby)
This month everyone is invited to come to the book group to present a favorite holiday book, poem or story. Do you have a particular favorite? Stop by to give others the opportunity to share your enthusiasm.
December 9, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Blue Lake Branch Library (in the City Hall building)
Stop by for a fun story time at the Blue Lake Library. Then make your own snow globe craft!
December 9, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
Families and young children are invited to attend the Baby Sign Workshop together to learn and play. This month the theme is 'Family, Feelings, and Fun', and includes signs useful in everyday life. Sign language is a fine way to start communicating with your baby even before that baby can talk. The workshop includes time for individual and small group practice on signs based on participants' needs.
December 9, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Fortuna Branch Library
A printing workshop taught by local artist Susan Cooper. Use pencil pressure on a specially made printing block, followed by ink, to produce handmade block-print cards.
December 10, 2017, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library
The library's programs and services are intended to be accessible to people with disabilities. Please call if you have questions about access, and please let us know if you require assistance in the library. Call the reference desk at 707-269-1905.
December 10, 2017, All Day
December 13, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
Meet Eele, a licensed therapy dog, and her human, Joan. Read to Eele, tell her a story, or just give her belly a rub. Reading to a dog is a low-pressure way for children to practice their reading skills, and fun besides! A parent or legal guardian must sign a permission form before children read with Eele. Stop by the desk in the children's room to complete the form and sign up for a turn with Eele.
December 13, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Fortuna Branch Library
Curl up at the library for a winter story-fest! Local children’s author and storyteller Holly Sweet Curran will share winter and holiday stories for the whole family.
December 14, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
Need some recommendations for new books to read? Want to share a great new read with someone? This casual community gathering discusses books, shares recent reads, and offers new suggestions of titles to read. No mandatory reading is required, just a love of reading.
December 15, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
December 15, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Fortuna Branch Library
Enjoy holiday stories with volunteer story time reader Rena, followed by a visit from Santa Claus, with free snacks for all. All ages welcome.
December 16, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Fortuna Branch Library
December 16, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ McKinleyville Branch Library
December 16, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
Sign up to read to Katie the dog in a one-on-one 20 minute session. Reading to a dog is a low-pressure way to practice reading skills, and fun besides! Katie is a licensed therapy dog and loves to help with literacy. Her owner Joan will stand by as well.
December 17, 2017, All Day
The Library's programs and services are free, and are intended to be accessible to people with disabilities. Please let us know if you need assistance in using the library or attending library events by calling the library reference desk at 707-269-1905 during Eureka Main Library's open hours. You may also call that number if you have questions about library access.
December 19, 2017, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
Drop in for a holiday crafternoon at the Trinidad Library! Use our craft supplies to make gift tags, decorations, or other festive creations. Drop in any time during library open hours today to participate.
December 19, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
Find out about the digital, online services accessible with your library card - Overdrive eBooks, Zinio magazines online, Library Databases, and more! Bring your library card and your smart phone, tablet, or other wireless-internet device.
December 20, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
It's Family Literacy Night! Sean Powers tells traditional and original stories with handcrafted shadow puppets, accompanied by music played on instruments from around the world. Each child may choose a free book to take home, provided by Tin Can Mailman.
December 20, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Fortuna Branch Library
Celebrate the comedy of Christmas with a free showing of the live-action version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, based on the story by Dr. Seuss, and starring Jim Carrey (rated PG). In this longer version, little Cindy Lou becomes the heroine. The Grinch lives outside of town on his mountaintop and is disliked and feared by all the Whos of Whoville, but Cindy Lou's first meeting with him is different as he happens to save her life. Cindy Lou is curious about the Grinch instead of hostile, and she sets out to discover what happened to him as a youngster and how he became the bitter, angry grump he has become. She then makes it her mission to include him in the joys of Whoville's Christmas celebration, although the town mayor hates this idea, and up to the last moment the Grinch himself is planning on destroying Christmas for all of Whoville. In the happy ending love conquers both greed and bitterness, and all is well in Whoville.
December 21, 2017, All Day
All ages are welcome at this family friendly program, a sound meditation for the community and a warm celebration to welcome the winter season. Listen for the season in the sounds of the gong, cymbals, bamboo flute, temple horn, and jaw harp.
December 21, 2017, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
December 23, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Blue Lake Branch Library (in the City Hall building)
Stop by for story time at the Blue Lake Library. At noon, join in the fun of making a simple craft.
December 28, 2017, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
Swing by for for an evening of night-time stories to wrap up your day at Trinidad Library. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas & bring a snuggly toy or blanket, but it's not required!