Harper Woods library to host holiday programming

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published November 23, 2018

 The Harper Woods Public Library will provide several holiday-themed programs  throughout the Christmas season, including one that involves making ornaments and decorations  from recycled  book pages.

The Harper Woods Public Library will provide several holiday-themed programs throughout the Christmas season, including one that involves making ornaments and decorations from recycled book pages.

Photo provided by Suzanne Kent

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is gearing up for the Christmas season with some fun, festive and free holiday programs.

The library will host an evening with Santa at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. Children of all ages can spend an evening with Santa as he tells stories and leads them in singing carols. All of the children will get an opportunity to speak with Santa and can create a craft to bring home. Registration is required.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for each child,” remarked Suzanne Kent, the adult services librarian. “Every child should get to see Santa during the holidays, and this is a nice, less crowded option than the mall, and they get to do it in the familiar setting of their local library. He has been coming to the library for a number of years and it’s always a popular program.”

Youth librarian Cindy Coote said Christmas is always a fun time at the Harper Woods library.

“Christmas at the library always combines the fun of reading and the fun of Christmas,” said Coote. “We will have stories, crafts and songs. People can take photos with Santa. Santa makes a trip to the library each year to meet with the kids, and it’s so much easier than going to the mall.”

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, the library will offer visitors the chance to make an ornament from the pages of recycled books. The program is for teens and adults, and the library will supply the materials. Registration is required and seating is limited.

“We’ve been saving books that we couldn’t sell in the book sale and set them aside so we could create this artwork,” said Kent. “These ornaments, which will come in round spheres or in shapes like Christmas trees, are great for yourself as a gift. … This kind of ties in with the Make Art from Old Books project we did last year. This also is good for the environment by recycling these old books.”

People will get to choose the look and material for their ornaments, which library staff said gives them the opportunity to customize their creations in a fun way.

“You can make these extra meaningful too,” added Kent. “If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, you can make an ornament made out of a Jane Austen book, which I think is just the coolest idea for a tree ornament.”

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Kent will lead a chocolate class in which people will learn to make delicious holiday goodies for the Christmas season. 

“I will show them how to make peanut butter cups, Oreo truffle filling, lemon creams with raspberry filling and other chocolate treats,” She said. “It’s a passion of mine, and I’ve done some similar programs before that people seemed to enjoy very much.”

Registration is required, although the materials will be provided.

“I periodically will do these chocolate demonstrations. I have been making candy for family and friends for a long time, and I love experimenting with new treats, and this is a fun way to teach others,” Kent said. “I, of course, give out samples. It’s also great because other people who attend share their own ideas, and we can try out new ideas. Plus, everybody likes chocolate.”