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Visit the Library for Holiday Music, Crafts and Shopping

We’re in full holiday mode at the library district, and you’re invited to join us for some live, seasonal music, holiday crafts and shopping.

Looking for the perfect gift for book lovers? We have dozens of unique items at the Between Friends Gift Shops at the Library Center and Library Station: Bobbleheads of Poe, Twain, Lincoln and others, plus journals, book lights, book ornaments and T-shirts, iPad cases, tote bags, quiz deck cards, stationery, children’s book-themed puzzles and like-new used books.

We also have holiday-themed gifts: primitive ornaments and home décor, stocking stuffers, garlands, kitchen utensils and tote bags. We showcase Missouri artists with original photography and paintings, fiber art scarves and gloves and jewelry. Children’s gifts include stuffed animals, Topsy-turvy dolls, card games and brain teasers.

Don’t forget your gifts give twice – proceeds benefit the libraries. Gift shop hours at the Library Center are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, or Library Station, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Prefer to shop online? Visit betweenfriendsgiftshops.org.
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Music lovers will enjoy three festive concerts sponsored by the Friends of the Library: Red Bridge Bluegrass will present Holiday Music Bluegrass Style at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 9, for all ages in the Library Center auditorium.

The annual Holiday Horns concert by the Springfield Symphony’s Brass Quintet is 12:15-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Midtown Carnegie Branch upstairs meeting room. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Wires & Wood, another local favorite, will play seasonal tunes dipped in bluegrass at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Brentwood Branch Library. We’ll have activities for children, too.
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Looking for something unique to serve holiday guests? Learn how to make festive cupcakes in our hands-on, taste-testing cupcake decorating event for adults at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec.10, in the Library Center auditorium.

Whip up a holiday gift after you learn how to loom knit at the regular Tuesday Loom Knitting for All Ages program at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Midtown Carnegie Branch upstairs meeting room.

Then wrap it all up in bows, paper and tags we’ll make from ideas on Pinterest at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Library Center auditorium. All ages are welcome, and materials are provided.

Join us for more – check out thelibrary.org/programs.


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