Get into the holiday spirit with these free Christmas-y programs at Delta libraries:
Learn beginner coding concepts by creating an animated winter scene, or an animated holiday greeting card, with Scratch, a block-based programming language. Register for Holiday Animation with Scratch on Monday, Dec. 2 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library and Thursday, Dec. 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library. No coding experience required. Ages eight to 12. Bring your own device or use a library device. Registration is required. Call or visit the library to register.
Register for some Holiday Fun with Cubetto at all three Delta libraries: Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Ladner Pioneer Library, Sunday, Dec. 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the George Mackie Library and Monday, Dec. 9 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. Come and create a reindeer costume for Cubetto, and then learn to program Cubetto the Red-Nosed Reinbot to go on a winter wonderland adventure. Children will learn logic and coding with Cubetto, a friendly wooden robot that teaches the basics of computer programming through stories and activities. Families are encouraged to participate together. Registration is required. Visit www.fvrl.ca to register.
Put on your dancing shoes. Let’s jump about and shake our sillies out at a Family Dance Party on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the George Mackie Library. This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers. Learn songs, dance moves and take a picture with your family in front of the green screen.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library, make a Holiday Book Tree out of the pages of books that are no longer ideal for circulation, giving them a new life in the form of a holiday decoration. Recommended for ages eight-plus with adult supervision.
Santa comes to the library. After a festive Christmas Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the George Mackie Library, Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Ladner Pioneer Library and Friday, Dec. 13 at the Tsawwassen Library, Santa will appear at 11 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your camera.
It’s time to Deck the Halls and put on that Jingle Bell Rock because Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Join others on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library for a fun Christmas Sing-along and Tea. Festive singing will be accompanied by members from the Tsawwassen Library Uke Group.
Buttons and magnets make a great Christmas present. Or bring in a photo and make a keepsake. Christmas Buttons and Magnets on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library is a fun-filled evening is for all ages. Registration is required. Visit www.fvrl.ca to register.
Bring the family to the Tsawwassen Library for an hour of fun and creativity making Christmas Ornaments on Friday, Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then drop by with the whole family to Tsawwassen Library’s Christmas Crafting Corner anytime between Saturday Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 21 to use library supplies to make creative and festive crafts.
Work as a family to make and decorate your own gingerbread house. Registration is required for Family Gingerbread Decorating on Wednesday, Dec. 18 form 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Visit www.fvrl.ca to register.
On Saturday, Dec. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m., the public is invited to participate in Mushaira at the George Mackie Library. Mushaira is an open mic session where poets gather to perform their works. This is a cherished tradition in Pakistan and North India where both the invited poets and members of the audience are allowed to perform.
Are you working on a Christmas gift? Pack up your needles and yarn and head to your local library for Knit ‘N Stitch. Knitting, crocheting, quilting and weaving are fun ways to connect across the generations. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques and good conversation on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library, Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library and Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the George Mackie Library.