The Holidays have arrived at the Will Rogers Library. This year the library is inspiring a simpler season that is “Homemade for the Holidays”, with displays featuring creative handmade items designed to encourage gift and decorating ideas from the heart (and hands).

If you’re looking for unique ways to celebrate that won’t stretch Santa’s dollars too far, the Library offers a wonderful collection of seasonal books and magazines in print and online that are sure to inspire your holiday decorating, cooking, crafting and gift giving ideas. For a little creative inspiration to get you started, come to one of the Library’s Craft Workshops. There are holiday-themed crafting events for adult and for families this month to help you get into the crafting spirit.

If you just can’t resist a little shopping, the Friends of the Library have special gift items available in the lobby book sale, with great deals on rare, vintage and gift-quality books and sets just in time for the holidays. Another simple (and tax-deductible) gift idea to consider is the donation of a memorial book to the Library collection, a wonderful way to honor a friend or loved one with a lasting memory in literary form. Or consider a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of the Will Rogers Library Endowment, in support of the future of the Will Rogers Library.

You’ll want to check out these special events throughout the month of December:

For Adults:

Color Me Happy. Stop by the Adult Coloring Club each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., take time out from the hectic holidays and enjoy the relaxation of adult coloring. The library will provide coloring sheets and coloring materials, or feel free to bring your own. Adults 18 and over only, please.

Get in on the fun of Adult Crafts. Join us for easy and decorative Book Page Christmas Trees, Wednesday Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Sign up is required as supplies are limited. Adults only, please.

Meet the Green Country Beekeepers, a group for new and experienced bee keepers in the Claremore and surrounding areas to meet and share ideas. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. This month’s gathering will be Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose room. All interested are welcome.

The Genealogy Volunteers are on hiatus through the holidays, and will return Monday, January 22nd. Now is the time to take advantage of family gatherings to gather the stories of your own family tree. Then bring them in January and let the Genealogy Volunteers help you uncover your roots.

For Kids & Families:

Wednesday Storytimes. From 9:30-10 a.m., Baby & Me Storytime features rhymes and songs for ages 0-3. Then from 10-10:30 a.m., little ones ages 3-5 gather for our regular Storytime, featuring short stories and more. Parents bring your little ones and join Tena every Wednesday.

Lego Clubs. So popular we have two. Junior Lego Club for ages 5-9 meets the first Tuesday of each month from 4-4:45 p.m. in the Multipurpose room. All are welcome, however parents are required to attend to assist children if necessary. Lego Club for children ages 10-14 meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Library Multipurpose Room from 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm. For all children who love to read and build, the library provides the Legos - you bring your imagination.

Family Crafts. Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10-11 a.m. bring the kids and join the fun making festive Popsicle Snowflakes. Materials will be provided.

Supplies and space are limited so registration is required. Please note parents must participate with their children.

The Teen Writers Workshop is for creative writers’ ages 13-17 interested in all styles of fiction and poetry writing. The writer’s group meets every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

As a reminder, the Will Rogers Library will be closed from Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas Holiday. The Library will be open again during normal business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

For more information on these or other current happenings at the Will Rogers Library, please check the online calendar at, ‘like’ the Will Rogers Library on Facebook, or call the Library at 918-341-1564.

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