ONEIDA — Oneida Public Library, 220 Broad St., has several holiday programs and events including films, crafts, and shopping opportunities scheduled during the month of December.
The library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, and on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. The library will be open as usual on Dec. 26 and Jan 2, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
A schedule of events:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. — Ready to Read, a reading program for preschoolers and their parents that runs throughout the school year. OPL’s Youth Services Coordinator Megan Gillander will help preschoolers learn and practice social skills in a friendly and educational setting through story, song, craft and play.
Tuesdays, 2 p.m. — Yoga for Seniors, taught by certified hatha yoga instructor Bill Skinner, this course teaches safe and practical yoga postures to promote all-around health. This class is free and open to all seniors.
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. — Tech Help, with help offered by OPL’s tech volunteers. This program aims to help anyone get the most out of their laptop or device, and is free. No appointment necessary.
Dec. 5, Elves Night Out, 5-8 p.m.
For the sake of some secret holiday shopping, parents or guardians can drop off their children, aged 4 to 12 years, at Oneida Library for a supervised evening of games, pizza and other refreshments. Preregistration is required, by calling 315-363-3050 or signing up at the OPL desk.
Dec. 7, The OPL Holiday Book Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The OPL offers smart holiday shoppers outrageous bargains in the best of gently used donated books, DVDs, accessories and more.
Dec. 8, The OPL Holiday Book Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
From 2 to 3 p.m., shoppers can buy for a buck a paper shopping bag filled with books.
Dec. 10, Monday Movie Matinee: “Joyeux Noel,” 1 p.m.
A Christmas film of significance, “Joyeux Noel” (“Merry Christmas”), directed and written by Christian Carion, tells the story of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 in the trenches of Flanders during World War I as experienced by the English, French and German soldiers who made a separate peace.
Dec. 12, Family Movie Night, 6 p.m.
The whole family, children and adults alike, can enjoy on the OPL’s big screen the Christmas-time comedy “Home Alone,” along with fresh popcorn.
Dec. 14, The Kids’ Holiday Shop, 3-5 p.m.
Young people ages 5 to 18 years can shop for presents for parents and family members among the gently used donated gift items. The gift items are free, as is the gift wrapping provided by volunteers.
Dec. 18, Pushing the Limits Book Club: “Year of Wonders,” 6 p.m.
In “Year of Wonders,” author Geraldine Brooks spins a tale based on historical facts of a young woman faced with the horrors of the bubonic plague devastating England in 1666 as well as the superstitious fears of her fellow villagers. At the book discussion, Professor Jen Herzog will explore both novel and today’s pandemic diseases. Copies of the book can be made available to registered participants.
Dec. 19, OPL’s Family Holiday Party, 6 p.m.
The OPL staff invites families with young children to its annual Holiday Party to enjoy songs, stories and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. On hand will be Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Dec. 22, Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
To relieve severe blood plasma shortages, members of the American Red Cross will be at the library to collect donated blood. Donors should schedule a specific time by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.
Dec. 26, Robotics Scrimmage, 1 p.m.
Local teams in the First Lego League, which is sponsored nationwide by the U.S. Air Force Laboratory, will converge on Oneida Library for a competition to test out their Lego robots and their programmed tasks in preparation for the regional tournament early next year.
Dec. 26, Family Game Night, 6 p.m.
Family members, both children and adults, can bond over exciting board games, including Settlers of Catan, Candyland, Uno or a favorite one brought from home to share.
Dec. 28, Good Crafternoon!, noon-2 p.m.
Elementary students on holiday will have much to do at the OPL making their own creations with the library’s hoard of craft supplies.
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