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Free Seasonal Activities at Hennepin County Libraries

Take part in free holiday events and activities at Hennepin County libraries from Nov. 15 to Dec. 27, 2012.

Editor’s note: Information provided by the Hennepin County Library. 

The following winter/holiday-themed programs are scheduled at Hennepin County libraries. All programs are free, some require registration. For Hennepin County Library’s complete program and exhibit schedule

Schiffelly Puppets: No Nose for Rudolph
Golden Valley Library
Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.
For families. The famous reindeer has had his nose taken by Hank the Greedy Hog. Join Slurrpy the Snowman, Santa Claus and a host of other holiday characters as they try to get back Rudolph's nose.
Sponsored by Friends of the Golden Valley Library.

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Schiffelly Puppets: No Nose for Rudolph
Excelsior Library
Saturday, Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m.
For families. Preschool-grade 2. The famous reindeer has had his nose taken by Hank the Greedy Hog. Join Slurrpy the Snowman, Santa Claus and a host of other holiday characters as they try to get back Rudolph's nose. Part of the Excelsior "Christkindlsmarkt" celebration.
Sponsored by Friends of the Excelsior Library.

Crafty Minnesota: Handcrafted Creatures

For adults. Stitch a tiny stuffed animal that you can hang on your holiday tree, make into a keychain or give as a gift. Choose your favorite creature - birds, dogs or zombies - and bring it to life. Materials provided. Find related books and more at the Library. This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Textile Center.

Northeast Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6775.

Nokomis Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 3–5 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6800.

St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7–9 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6125.

The Fantasies of Charles Dickens
Southeast Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m.
For adults. Besides the classic "A Christmas Carol," Dickens (1812-1870) also wrote Christmas novellas with fantasy elements as well as fairy tales and ghostly short stories, including "The Signal-Man." Librarian Eric Heideman will talk about the fantastical side of this beloved writer.

Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa Stories and Fun
St. Louis Park Library
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7–8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
For families. Enjoy stories, songs and dances of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Arrive early to play with dreidels. A craft activity will follow the program.
Sponsored by Friends of the St. Louis Park Library.

Snow Stories and Winter Fun
Pierre Bottineau Library
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.
For families. Enjoy stories, poems, music and movement about snow and the joys of winter.

Holiday Hoopla
Rogers Library
Friday, Dec. 7, 10:30–11 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 7, 11:15–11:45 a.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 9. Register online or call 612-543-6050.
PreK-grade 1. Celebrate the winter holidays with songs, stories, games and a visit from a special guest. Please bring a food item for the local food shelf.
Sponsored by Friends of the Rogers Library; presented in collaboration with MOMS Club of Rogers - South.

Holiday Stories
Washburn Library
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10:15 a.m.
For families. Enjoy stories and sing songs that celebrate December holidays. Join us for a special gingerbread story.
Sponsored by Friends of the Washburn Library.

Winter Origami Fun
Augsburg Park Library
Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m.
For families. Love folding papers and listening to stories? Hear the unfolding of stories and create winter origami art pieces with colorful papers and embellishments – one to take home and one for group display. Materials provided.  Sponsored by Friends of the Augsburg Park Library.

Hogwarts Yule Ball
Nokomis Library
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6–8 p.m.
For families. Put on your dress robes, grab a handful of Floo powder, and come to the library for some magical winter fun at Hogwarts! Play Wizard's chess, test your knowledge of Harry Potter trivia and much more.
Sponsored by Friends of the Nokomis Library.

Holiday Stories
Washburn Library
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m.
For families. Enjoy stories and sing songs that celebrate December holidays. Join us for a special gingerbread story.
Sponsored by Friends of the Washburn Library.

Kwanzaa Stories With Auntie Beverly
Sumner Library
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2–3:30 p.m.
For families. Celebrate Kwanzaa with stories and crafts with storyteller Auntie Beverly.

Winter and Snow Stories
Maple Grove Library
Thursday, Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m.
For families. Share favorite children's winter and snow stories.

Winter and Snow Stories

Edina Library
Thursday, Dec. 27, 11–11:30 a.m.
For families. Share favorite children's winter and snow stories.

For more information, go online to www.hclib.org or call your local library (http://www.hclib.org/pub/info/locations.cfm).

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