Celebrate the Holidays With APL

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2012
Contact: Kanya Lyons | (512) 974-7379

Celebrate the holidays with your family at the Austin Public Library. All Library programs and events are free and open to the public.

Winterfest
Saturday, December 8 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Yarborough Branch 2200 Hancock Dr. | 512-974-8820
Join us for a puppet show, music, entertainment, crafts, socializing, a holiday book sale and more!

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 8 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Hampton Branch at Oak Hill 5125 Convict Hill Rd. | 512-974-9900
Join us for live music, snacks and fun for all ages.

Holiday Open House and Gift Sale
Saturday, December 8 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Austin History Center 810 Guadalupe St. | 512-974-7480
Join us at 1:30 p.m. to meet Ralph Yznaga, author of Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas. At 3:30 p.m. meet John Slate, author of Lost Austin. The Austin History Center will have historic photographs for sale, used and Rare Texana books and ephemera, and even some Austin related historic artifacts (who wouldn’t love an old Aquafest skipper pin in their stocking?). Also, The Austin History Center Association will be selling items from Waterloo Press, including a new line of note cards, O. Henry items, books, and more.

Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ruiz Branch 1600 Grove Blvd. | 512-974-7500
Join us for a screening of the animated classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Make Grinch-related crafts whilst munching on cookies!

Holiday Party
Thursday, December 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Cepeda Branch
651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. | 512-974-7372
Join us for holiday fun, pictures with Santa, a book sale, refreshments and crafts!

Open House and Vintage Book Sale
Saturday, December 15 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Recycled Reads Bookstore 5335 Burnet Rd. | 512-323-5123
Join us for live music all afternoon from local Austin Musicians, ornament and gift-wrap demonstrations and a bow bar for to wrap gifts. All proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library. Recycled Reads encourages Austinites to have a Green, affordable Holiday season by purchasing and making gifts locally.

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Branch 211 E. William Cannon Dr. | 512-974-3940
Join us at 1 p.m. for The Elves and the Shoemaker, a Literature LIVE! puppet show. Santa will arrive at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Christmas Movies: The Santa Clause
Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Willie Mae Kirk Branch 3101 Oak Springs Dr. | 512-974-9920
Join us for a screening of The Santa Clause (1994) rated PG starring Tim Allen. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

Noche de Fiestas
Tuesday, December 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Southeast Branch
5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. | 512-974-8840
¡Ya llegó diciembre y es tiempo de festejar! Ven y comparte cuentos de Navidad, y haz decoraciones para prepararte para las fiestas. Santa Claus nos vendrá a visitar, así que traigan su cámara para tomarse una foto con él. December is here and it’s time to celebrate! Come share holiday stories and create crafts to celebrate the season. Santa will pay a special visit! Bring your camera and take a picture with him.

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, December 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Willie Mae Kirk Branch
3101 Oak Springs Dr. | 512-974-9920
Join us for a book sale, crafts and pictures with Santa. The Ortega Choir will perform. Light refreshments will be provided.

Holiday Movie Marathon
Thursday, December 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
University Hills Branch
4721 Loyola Ln. | 512-974-9940
Bring the whole family and join us for classic and cult holiday movies. Light refreshments and a holiday craft will be provided.

A Midwinter's Readathon
Friday, December 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Terrazas Branch
,1105 E. Cesar Chavez St. | 512-974-3625
Share a story on the shortest day of the year! Join us at the Terrazas Branch for a Connected Youth Open House Readathon. Try out a Connected Youth laptop and listen as librarians take turns reading a wintry tale.

Annual Kwanzaa Family Celebration
Thursday, December 27 at 2 p.m.
Carver Branch
1161 Angelina St. | 512-974-1010
African native and educator Elizabeth Kahura will bring Kwanzaa to life with storytelling, music and art for all ages. Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration with a focus on family values.

Kwanzaa Family Celebration
Friday, December 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Willie Mae Kirk Branch
3101 Oak Springs Dr. | 512-974-9920
African native and educator Elizabeth Kahura will bring Kwanzaa to life with storytelling, music and art for all ages. Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration with a focus on family values.

For more information please call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov.