BRISTOL – Despite being unable to host in-person program due to the coronavirus, city libraries are offering a variety of holiday themed crafts, remote activities and scavenger hunts to bring some joy to the season.
At Bristol Public Library, located at 5 High St., Valerie Toner, supervisor of the children’s department, said that Zoom programs have been “very successful” at the library since September. She said that patrons have “loved” that the library is still providing activities for kids and families despite the constraints they are facing.
“It’s been going excellent,” she said. “We actually need to put more craft bags out because so many people have been coming to pick them up. Our holiday books are also on display now.”
Toner said that on Monday, Dec. 14, the library will have a virtual “food explorers” program at 4:30 p.m. via zoom.
“The program will teach participants how to make Christmas cookies to have for dessert with their dinner,” she said.
Ingredients for the Christmas cookies will be posted on Bristol Public Library’s Facebook page.
Bristol Public Library is also doing a “Countdown to the New Year,” with a new craft activity every week.
“This week, kids will be making a magic wand and next week they will be making a headband that says 2021,” said Toner. “The week after that will be a holiday/winter craft and after that they will make a cone like a megaphone to shout ‘Happy New Year!’ into for New Year’s.”
Toner said that if people wish to pick up the supplies for any of these craft activities they will be in bags at the Children’s Department desk at the library.
Manross Library, located at 260 Central St. in the Forestville section of town, will also have fun activities for families.
Marsha Piaskowski, library aide, said that the library is offering story times on Tuesdays. There will be stories at 9 a.m. for toddlers and at 2:30 p.m. for preschoolers via zoom. Participants are encouraged to have something to shake on hand such as a box of pasta. Grab and go kits to make shakers are also available at front desk.
Manross Library also has a Lego Club which meets virtually on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
“Each week they will be making something different through the end of December,” said Piaskowski.
On Dec. 28, from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m., the library is also putting together a virtual scavenger hunt via Zoom.
“People will look around their own homes to find items and earn points,” said Piaskowski.
Manross Library will also have a virtual New Year’s Eve party from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Zoom. Participants will read a story, do a craft, dance and countdown to 12 noon. Registration for this program is required. To register, call Manross Library at 860-584-7790 and provide a valid email address.
“People will be able to pick up party supplies starting Dec. 21,” said Piaskowski. “This program is for all ages but priority will be given to Bristol residents.”
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