Fingal Libraries at Christmas Time

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on December 18, 2015 in Libraries

The lead up to Christmas begins early in Fingal Libraries. Once Halloween is over, each library branch begins to unpack all their Christmas stock which has been in storage since January. Out come the Christmas Cook Books,  Christmas Craft Books, Christmas DVDs & CDs and of course all the wonderful Children’s Christmas Books. These books […]

The lead up to Christmas begins early in Fingal Libraries. Once Halloween is over, each library branch begins to unpack all their Christmas stock which has been in storage since January. Out come the Christmas Cook Books, Christmas Craft Books, Christmas DVDs & CDs and of course all the wonderful Children’s Christmas Books. These books are put on display in a prominent position in the library for all our borrowers to browse and enjoy.

After the Christmas Books are put on display, it is time to think about decorating the library. Some of the libraries include borrowers in this fun activity, with children being invited to book in to “Trim the Tree Workshops”, where they get to make decorations to hang on the library tree. You may have also noticed that some of the decorations in Fingal Libraries are handmade. In Donabate Library, they made a cardboard Christmas Mantlepiece to create a feature corner where the tree was installed. If you would like to make your own Christmas Mantlepiece you can find instructions here. Further handmade decorations include two knitted Nativity Scenes. One was created by Donabate Library Knitters while the other was created by Balbriggan Library Knitters. Both of these handcrafted scenes can be viewed in Balbriggan and Donabate Library.

You may have been under the assumption that Libraries are less busy in December, however it is a month that is filled with Christmas activities for all. Here is just a short list of some of the activities and events that took place in Fingal Libraries this month: Wreath Making for Adults, Christmas Crafts for Children (Sock Snowmen, Crepe Paper Wreaths, Reindeer Cards, to mention a few), Christmas Film Screenings, a Carol Service with Coolmine Musical Society, Christmas Jumper Day (enjoyed by both Adults and Children!), Flower Arranging for Adults, Seedbomb Workshops and also a Christmas Social with mince pies served to borrowers. Phew!

Not too mention that many of the Baby Book Clubs were also held as usual and were given a Christmas twist to the proceedings!!

If you were looking for an excuse to stay out of the shops this Christmas we hope that the library gave you one by enticing you to visit and take part in some of the activities that were arranged!

By Enid Bebbington, Donabate Library