The holidays have snuck up on us again, and there are many ways to celebrate this season at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. At each of our branches, you’ll find various programs to ring in the season, along with a vast collection of holiday books. Everyone celebrates different holidays and in their own ways, so be sure to use our catalog to search the holiday your family celebrates.
Dec. 2, 2018 is the first day of Hanukkah, and one of our favorite books to read is Hanukkah Bear. Eric A. Kimmel’s book follows a bear who follows his nose to Bubba Brayna’s house. Bubba Brayna is 96 years old and can’t see or hear very well, so she mistakes the bear for her rabbi! Soon Bubba Brayna and Hanukkah Bear are celebrating Hanukkah together and eating latkes. You can also watch Hanukkah Bear by streaming it for free from Hoopla, or renting the DVD.
Kwanzaa is from Dec. 26, 2018 through Jan. 1, 2019, and what better way to celebrate with a book about Kwanzaa? K is for Kwanzaa, by Juwanda Ford, is a fun alphabet book for children. Each letter explains a different part of Kwanzaa and represents an English or Swahili word. The illustrations are simple yet bright and add a festive flare to this wonderful African celebration.
The Library also offers Christmas-themed books. One of our new favorites is Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Just like the rest of the books in this series, the rhyming text brings a fun aspect to this story about all the trucks building a special Christmas gift. After each truck finishes its job, it rolls off to sleep until it’s time to wake up on Christmas morning.
On top of all the fun (and free) programs the Library offers this holiday season, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, housed inside ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, brings back its family-favorite musical. Running through Dec. 23, 2018 in the McColl Family Theater, families can come watch The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical. Can’t make it to the musical? Check out the book in various formats and rent the DVD.
The Nutcracker will start its return to the Charlotte Ballet Dec. 9, 2018 and run until Dec. 23, 2018. Before going to watch the ballet at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in the Belk Theater, be sure to read the print formats with your family.
From all of us at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, best wishes to your family for a peaceful and joyous holiday season!