The holidays always bring a lot of traffic to our libraries, and December 2016 was no exception. We offered Light Up The Holidays: Stories and Crafts as a children's program in all of our eight branches and even one of our Bookmobile stops. The program covered four different holidays that fell during the same week last year.
We wanted to focus on crafts involving light, as it is a common theme in all four of the holidays we discussed (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice). While we helped the children finish a particular light-themed craft, we talked about the holiday the craft was related to. For example, as we worked on the Kwanzaa candle craft, we learned that Kwanzaa was the most recent of the holidays and originated in the United States in 1966. Our goal was for the children to learn how the holidays were each different, but can still be relatable.
With four holidays falling in the same week last December, Arapahoe District Library drew kids to the library with light-themed stories and crafts.