The Winter Park Public Library continues its tradition of holiday celebration by inviting residents to come and bake, create and celebrate. Complimentary classes are scheduled throughout the month of December centered around the theme of gift making and holiday celebrating with friends and family. There are also scheduled events targeted to our community’s youth from infant through teen years offering learning opportunities wrapped around holiday fun.
The “Sounds of the Season,” a popular tradition at the WPPL is the main act bringing families together for story, song and charity on Dec. 16 benefitting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
“Sounds of the Season is an inspiring annual family event put on completely by our teens with performances, planning, implementation and decorating all coordinated and hosted by the teens who enjoy library services year round,” said Ruth Edwards, Director of Education at the WPPL. “This popular event has always been a hit with our families because it invites our teens to showcase their organizational and creative skills and they do an amazing job!”
For younger children, there are offerings throughout the month of December including the opportunity to record a message to Santa in its “Letters to Santa” program for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade so they can have a recorded memory of the special childhood experience. Elementary age children can also come to the Library on Dec. 20 to make snow globes, a gift idea for family or friends or a keepsake of the season. Finally, on Dec. 21 youngsters from toddler to tween can bake cookies for Santa while enjoying the traditional hit movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Teens can find a welcoming and safe place at the WPPL to learn, socialize and explore their talents and gifts. This holiday season, teens are invited to craft and cook all with a holiday spin. On Dec. 7 the monthly class “Glazed Over” will engage teens to create a holiday themed clay pottery piece. And the “Maker Master Class” for teens on Dec. 20 highlights DIY crafting with bath and body gifts, perfect ideas for holiday gift giving. To round out the month, “The Hungry Games,” the monthly cooking and nutrition class will spotlight holiday cookie baking on Dec. 13.
Adult residents can also find a month-long schedule of craft making classes offered at no charge such as “Make and Take Thrifty Gifty Tuesdays” featuring decorative magnets and ribbon bookmarks gift making ideas. On Dec. 7, the WPPL will host “Holiday Glazed Over” where DIY enthusiasts can create their own holiday-inspired clay pottery piece while enjoying comradery and refreshments, and have it fired for pickup later.
If baking is a priority this holiday season, residents can visit the WPPL to participate in culinary classes. On Dec. 11, the library will host “Winter Wonderland Cupcakes” where attendees can decorate cupcakes in the spirit of the season with all supplies provided. The WPPL recognizes that it’s the season for gingerbread houses and invites patrons on Dec. 18 to come and build one to take home. Gingerbread house supplies and candy for decorating will be furnished by the library, and early registration is advised as this event sells out quickly.
All the holiday themed events are in addition to a full calendar of monthly educational classes offered by the WPPL for residents of all ages. All events are inclusive and complimentary and you can enroll to attend by visiting the library desk, online at www.wppl.org or by calling the library directly at 407-623-3300.