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Calendar of Events


Events In December


Make & Take Cart “Gift Tags”
All through December
Ocean City Branch
Find out more about this event.

Letters to Santa
December 1st thru the 8th
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Drop by the Pocomoke Branch Library and write a letter to Santa. Leave it in the special box sent from the North Pole. The library will send the box back to Santa and he will personally answer your letter! All supplies provided.

Laptime
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
For infants and toddlers up to age 2 and their caregivers.

Feel Good Friday “Book BINGO”
Friday, December 1 - 4pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come have fun with our Feel Good Friday program, “Book Bingo”. We will be playing for new fiction and nonfiction hardbacks. One bingo card per person.

Family Library Day
Saturday, December 2 - 9 am- 12 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Spend the day at the library! Decorate your own library bag for carrying books, make a bookmark, play some games and participate in various activities. Fun for the whole family.

Crafty Saturday
Saturday, December 2 - 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Use your imagination to create holiday themed crafts provided by the library! For all ages.

First Saturday Writers
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Structure includes critiques and appreciation, market leads and writing exercises. Drop-ins welcome!

Teen Time: STEM
Saturday, December 2 - 11 am- 1pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join us for some fun STEM experiments! For teens.

iPad Chicks—Beginners
Monday, December 4 - 10 am- 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Did you just get an Apple iPad and want to learn more about it? Explore the world of iPads while learning from each other. To register call Norma Kessler at 410-641-7017. Men are welcome.



Lap Time
Monday, December 4 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Children will be introduced to songs, games, and finger plays. For children under 2 years old.

The Digital Library and You
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Books and magazines for your e-reader, audiobooks and music for your player, movies and TV for your leisure; and all free to download from the comfort of your own home. Visit the library with your library card and device to get started!

Ireland: Up Close and Personal
Monday, December 4 - 2:00 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Join presenters Mike and Victoria Healy and learn about the history, culture and traditions of Ireland. The Healys make annual trips to Ireland and will share their treasured photography and videos with us.

Great Books Discussion
Monday, December 4 - 2:30 - 4pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation.
For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970.



Story Time “It’s C-o-l-d Outside!”
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Junk Journal Junkies
Tuesday, December 5 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Swap and share supplies and ideas with a fun group of friends each month for Junk Journaling, an art form of altered books that is sweeping the nation!

Reindeer Games
Tuesday, December 5 - 10:30 am
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Holiday Science, art and fun! For 3 to 7 year old children.

Smith Island Cake Making Demo
Tuesday, December 5 - 2:00 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Lisa Evans, a Smith Island native, will demonstrate how to make a famous Smith Island cake from start to finish. Be prepared to taste the end result!

Soothing Stories “The Snowman”
Tuesday, December 5 - 4:30pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
All children of all abilities are welcome to our Soothing Stories program every other Tuesday night. We will provide a calming story, along with playtime using our sensory toys and activities.

Reindeer Games
Wednesday, December 6 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Holiday science, art, and fun! For 3 to 7 year old children.

A Bruder Hill Holiday: Celebrate Fashion
Wednesday, December 6 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Friends from Bruder Hill Boutique in Berlin will show us how to dress and accessorize for those fun holiday parties
and events. Among other fashion tips, we will learn how to wear scarves and jewelry to accentuate any outfit.



Sit-N-Stitch
Wednesay, December 6 - 5 - 7 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Drop in and join others for an evening of knitting, crocheting, and other needle arts. Sit, stitch, share ideas, meet new friends and connect with old ones! Please bring your own materials.

Play Time
Thursday, December 7 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys!
For infant to 5 year old children.


Story Time “Ships”
Thursday, December 7 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Lap Time
Thursday, December 7 - 3:30 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Children will be introduced to songs, games, and finger plays. For children under 2 years old


“We Love a Mystery” Book Club
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us to discuss and compare the many types of mystery novels including the Golden Age of the mystery, British mysteries, international mysteries, cozy mysteries, noir mysteries, and the many American mystery series. Come and share your favorite mystery genres as we compare plots, protagonists, settings, and what we like about each.

Pocomoke Book of the Month: Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Thursday, December 7 - 2 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Join us each month for a lively book discussion facilitated by Gail Samis and Cynthia Hanagud of Salisbury University. Copies are available in advance at the Pocomoke Branch.

Lap Time
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For infants and toddlers up to age 2 and their caregivers.

Ocean Pines Book of the Month: The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips
Friday, December 8 - 2- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join us each month for a lively book discussion facilitated by Kelley Rouse and Nancy Mitchell of
Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Ocean Pines Branch.


Boredom Busters: Mazes
Friday, December 8 - 3:30 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Beat the dullness of cold winter days with fun off-screen activities. For ages 8 & up.

Rock Painting
Friday, December 8 - 4 - 6 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of rock painting fun! We will supply the rocks and painting supplies, but feel free to bring your own rock to paint, if you prefer. All ages are welcome.

Dollar Store Crafting
Saturday, December 9 - 11 am- 3 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
You don’t need to spend a fortune this holiday season to give someone a special gift. Stop by anytime between 11 am and 3 pm to make some Holiday inspired crafts with craft supplies, recycled materials, and old Christmas cards. This program is intended for adult patrons; however, older children and teens may participate!

Scrap-booking Day
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Bring your scrap-booking supplies and share our materials to organize and plan your scrapbooks.

STEM “Volcanoes”
Saturday, December 9 - 10 am- 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Learn all about volcano geology and historic volcanoes. Make a volcano in a cup.
For children 6 years old & up.



An Herbal Holiday
Saturday, December 9 - 11 am
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Join Michaela Eggers and learn how to make unique gifts using herbs for health and healing.

Writing for Wellness
Monday, December 11 - 1:30- 3:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Research has shown that writing about stressful experiences, like illness, may boost health & psychological well-being. Group uses exercises to stimulate the process for creative expression. No prior writing experience needed.
This program is facilitated by Andrea Schlottman.


STEAM PM “Holiday Cards that Light Up”
Monday, December 11 - 3:45 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Create a card and design a circuit that will light it up! For children 6 years old and up.

December Board of Trustees Meetings
December 12, 2017 - 9:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

Play Time
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys!
For infant to 5 year old children.


Story Time “Gingerbread”
Tuesday, December 12 - 10:30 am
Location: Pocomoke Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

A Bruderhill Holiday: Celebrate Fashion
Tuesday, December 12 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Friends from Bruderhill Boutique in Berlin will show us how to dress and accessorize for those fun holiday parties and events. Among other fashion tips we will learn how to wear scarves and jewelry to accentuate any outfit.

Coffee Hour
Tuesday, December 12 - 2:00 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Find out what your friends and neighbors are reading! Join us at the library on the second Tuesday of every month for coffee from The Daily Brew Coffeehouse in Snow Hill, refreshments and casual conversation on our favorite books and authors.

STEM Family Night “Electricity”
Tuesday, December 12 - 4:30 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come enjoy books, crafts, and games for the whole family!

Story Time “Penguins”
Wednesday, December 13 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Best for children 2 to 5 years old but all are welcome!

Lap Time
Wednesday, December 13 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
For children under two and their caregivers.

Coffee & Coloring
Wednesday, December 13 - 3 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Coloring is a relaxing and therapeutic pastime that has become a popular way for adults to relieve stress. Come enjoy a cup of coffee, refreshments, and unwind with us for our Coffee & Coloring program, second Wednesday of the month. No registration required. Adults only please.

Holiday Entertaining on an Affordable Budget
Wednesday, December 13 - 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Learn how to wow your guests with these tips and tricks to make your get together stand out above the rest. Deborah Lee Walker, a contributing writer for Ocean City Today writes a weekly culinary column, Food For Thought, and will share her expertise with us. Be prepared to take lots of notes!


Ireland: Up Close and Personal
Wednesday, December 13 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join presenters Mike and Victoria Healy and learn about the history, culture and traditions of Ireland.
The Healys make annual trips to Ireland and will share their treasured photography and videos with us.



Gift Wrapping 101
Wednesday, December 13 - 2 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Join Denise Wagner and learn the basics of gift wrapping from measuring techniques to bow making. Bring a gift and some wrapping paper with you for hands on learning. Registration necessary. Please call the Pocomoke Branch at 410-957-0787 to register for this program.

Genealogy Workshop: Internet Resources
Thursday, December 14 - 10 am- 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
What techniques and strategies should we use to find our ancestors on the internet? What resources are available to us and how can we use them? Tom Dempsey will show us how to unlock the power of the internet in our search for ancestors. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop or a tablet. Pre-registration is required: please call the Ocean Pines Branch at 410-208-4014.

Story Time “Mr. and Mrs. Santa”
Thursday, December 14 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join us for a fun visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa. For two to five year old children.

Reindeer Games
Thursday, December 14 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Holiday Science, Art and Fun! For 3 to 7 year old children.

An Herbal Holiday: Gift Making
Thursday, December 14 - 2:00 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Everyone loves a homemade gift - especially during the holiday season. Come learn how to make unique and personalized gifts using herbs for health and healing. From lotions and soaps to cordials and spiced vinegars, you can create beautiful and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. Presented by Michaela Eggers.

Smith Island Cake Making Demo
Thursday, December 14 - 2 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Lisa Evans, a Smith Island native, will demonstrate how to make a famous Smith Island Cake from start to finish. Be prepared to taste the end result!

Coffee and Coloring
Friday, December 15 - 10 am- 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Come join us for a relaxing coloring session! Coffee will be provided.

Lap Time
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For infants and toddlers up to age 2 and their caregivers.


Rollin’ with Essentail Oils
Friday, December 15 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Learn to blend essential oils specific to your needs. We will make roller balls of oils for calmness, muscle pain, headaches, and much more. This class is presented by Christina Bowie. Limit of 15 participants. Please register at the Ocean City Branch by calling 410-524-1818.

December Holidays Across Cultures
Friday, December 15 - 6 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Explore different cultural celebrations and traditions from around the world with crafts and various activities. Some dishes will be provided but feel free to bring your own cultural dish to share! Fun for the whole family.

Christmas Party sponsored by Friends of the Ocean City Library
Saturday, December 16 - 11 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come celebrate the Christmas season at our Friends of the Ocean City Library Christmas party. We will have holiday crafts, snacks, and special treats for all ages!

Lap Time
Monday, December 18 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Children will be introduced to songs, games, and finger plays. For children under 2 years old.

Great Books Discussion
Monday, December 18 - 2:30- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation. For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970.



Story Time “Happy Holidays”
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Play Time
Tuesday, December 19 - 10:30 am
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys! For infant to 5 year old children.

Coloring for Calmness and Conversation
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us for monthly adult coloring sessions. Research has shown that coloring has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety and create focus or mindfulness. We will explore different patterns such as mandalas, zentangles, paisleys, or patterns suggested by our participants. Bring your own coloring pages or use ours. Colored pencils, gel pens, and felt tips will be available, along with coffee and cookies.

Soothing Stories “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?”
Tuesday, December 19 - 4:30 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
All children of all abilities are welcome to our Soothing Stories program every other Tuesday night. We will provide a calming story, along with playtime using our sensory toys and activities.

Holiday Open House
Wednesday, December 20 - all day
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Help us celebrate the holiday season by dropping in on our open house. We will provide light holiday refreshments, and feel free to bring a sweet, favorite recipe, or just yourself! This event is open to all patrons, friends, and volunteers of the library.

Maryland VA Representative
Wednesday, December 20 - 10 am- 3 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Maryland Dept. of Veterans Affairs representative, Michelle Licata, is available to offer outreach services to veterans and their families on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm. No appointment necessary.
For more information please call 410-713-3482.


Play Time
Wednesday, December 20 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys! For infant to 5 year old children.

Information Literacy: Securing Your Computer
Wednesday, December 20 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Do you have questions about your computer and making sure it is secure? Want to get some information about being safe on the internet? Karen Earp will show you how to make sure your computer is secure.

Reindeer Games
Thursday, December 21 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Holiday science, art and fun! For three to seven year old children.



Story Time “Holidays”
Thursday, December 21 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Lap Time
Thursday, December 21 - 3:30 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Children will be introduced to songs, games, and finger plays. For children under 2 years old.

Lap Time
Thursday, December 21 - 3:30 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Children will be introduced to songs, games, and finger plays. For children under 2 years old


Lap Time
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For infants and toddlers up to age 2 and their caregivers.

Saturday before Christmas
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Christmas
Monday, December 25, 2017
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Young and Restless
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Science, Art and Fun! For 3 to 7 year old children.

Make & Take
Tuesday, December 26 - 11 am -4 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Use our maker cart to draw, paint, create.

Family Night Movie “Happy Feet”
Tuesday, December 26 - 5:30 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come enjoy a movie and popcorn with us!

Lap Time
Wednesday, Decmeber 27 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
For children under two and their caregivers.

Stitch-n-Sip
Wednesday, December 27 - 11 am
Location: Pocomoke Branch
A place to explore different types of fiber art and connect with others. Open to people who knit, crochet, embroider or do any other textile art. Beginners welcome! Share ideas and patterns or learn a whole new art. Light refreshments provided.

Story Time “Happy New Year”
Thursday, December 28 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Play Time
Thursday, December 28 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys! For infant to 5 year old children.

Star Wars Party
Thursday, December 28 - 1-3 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Celebrate all things Star Wars with us! Costumes encouraged!

Fireside Chat
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join us for a lively chat about our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Family Night “Lego Fidget Spinners”
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Fun for the whole family. Teens welcome!

Lap Time
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For infants and toddlers up to age 2 and their caregivers.

Noon Year’s Eve Party!
Friday, December 29 - 11:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Join us for a special celebration of the New Year! Count down to noon, make crafts, and enjoy some snacks.

Holiday Sing-along
Saturday, December 30 - 11 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join pianist Richard Eckerd and Perpetual Commotion for a holiday sing-along! Bring an instrument
or use one of ours. Snacks and hot cocoa will be provided!


Noon Year’s Party
Saturday, December 30 - 11 am
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Ring in the new year a little early with crafts, food, music and a countdown until noon! Fun for all ages.

Noon Year’s Eve Party
Saturday, December 30 - 11 am
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Ring in the new year a little early with crafts, food, music and a countdown until noon! fun for all ages.

New Year’s Holiday
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - All Branches close at 1 pm