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Holiday Fun at the Library


We’d love for you and your family to come join us in December to browse our shelves, enjoy a holiday concert, fine-tune your holiday cooking skills, and more. You can even meet an actual reindeer!

Need a holiday gift? We can help!

We have two outstanding, affordable opportunities to include books in your holiday giving!

Seasons Readings
December 1 - January 7 pick up free book gifts for kids at The Library! Look for Season's Readings bins at all our locations and then choose children's books to take home for free. (Free gift wrapping stations will be provided at most sites.) You can also donate new or gently used books...or do both! Learn more about Seasons Readings.

Indy Library Store Book Sale December 2-6
Discover affordable book gifts at Indy Library Store! Find recent bestsellers, classics, DVDs and Blu-rays, music CDs, LPs, audiobooks, and more—for adults, kids, and teens! Indy Library Store is located in the Library Services Center at 2450 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. Sales take place nine times a year and include Friend’s Day sales, Half-Price Day, and Bag Day. See store hours and the full schedule of book sales.

Need some holiday entertainment at home?

Browse our collection of holiday movies! You can check out DVDs or stream movies straight to your device with your IndyPL library card. Here are some staff recommendations to get you started looking for your next winter movie night feature. If you have never used one of our streaming services before, learn how to stream movies with your IndyPL library card.

Do you need to keep a house full of kids entertained for an afternoon? We've got streaming movies for kids too. Choose some to share with guests and some to watch during your child's own downtime. Get started exploring our streaming movies for kids.

Shore up your "to read book stack" with one of these recommendations!

Programs & Events

Create with Schedule & Register Learn how to use the free online graphic design tool Canva to build a printable winter themed project. Create a custom digital design for greeting cards, business cards, flyers, and more. Share your designs online or by printing them.

Central Library Cricut Design Space for Beginners - Winter Designs Schedule & Register Winter can be a great time to be inspired for the holiday season. Whether you’re new to Cricut Design Space or an experienced crafter, come learn how to use Cricut Design Space and check out some NEW updates that will provide some festive inspiration to your crafting this season!

Enjoy a holiday music concert.

Holiday Concerts at the Library
Individuals of all ages are invited for a chamber ensemble musical performance of favorite holiday classics at a variety of our locations. Or join us on Tuesday, December 20 at College Avenue from 6-7 p.m. for a Christmas concert featuring The Brown Grass Band, a family band from Indianapolis sharing their favorite traditional and contemporary Christmas tunes.

Change up your holiday cooking.

Would you like to to mix up your usual rotation of tried-and true holiday recipes? Join us for an upcoming cooking class or explore our collection of recipe books, e-books, and e-magazines. We can get you started exploring our recipe book collection with the staff book lists Help! I've Been Invited to a Cookie Swap! and Holiday and Party Cooking for Vegans & Vegetarians! Or join us for a cooking class. Get cooking tips and culinary reading recommendations year round.

Healthy Holiday Cooking
Thursday, December 8 at noon Register
Cooking a healthy meal around the holidays doesn’t have to be a challenge. This program is packed full of tips and tricks to make your holiday favorites a little healthier this year. Keep on track with your goals and still enjoy a sweet treat! This program will demonstrate how to cut those calories while keeping those holiday flavors you crave.

Cooking Thyme - Creating and Using Spice Blends
Schedule & Register
Check out this class that explores creating and using spice blends for tasty, healthy cooking. Join the Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services to learn more about incorporating seasoning into your food. Learn about the cultures and flavors that make your dinner so tasty!

Simple and Affordable Plant-Based Cooking - Holiday Snacks
In our plant-based cooking video series learn how to prepare plant-based dishes to make as dinner staples, holiday features, or healthy snacks when cravings hit like a Vegan Cheeze Sauce recipe. Browse our entire video series or go straight to the Holiday Snacks video in which Brian and Joe share holiday snack recipes including Italian Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms, White Wine Fondue, Plant Based Ranch Dressing-Dip, and Oil Free Hummus.

Join the fun for kids & teens.

Online Storytime: Reading Ready Time Nutcracker Fun!
Wednesday, December 7 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
Join members of the Indianapolis Ballet to listen to the story of The Nutcracker and then get moving as the dancers lead a movement class

Ballet Storytime & Mini Ballet Lesson
Thursday, December 15 at Franklin Road from 10:30-11 a.m. Register
Join us for a special ballet storytime with Ballet INitiative. We will share some of The Nutcracker story (based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's work) and a very short ballet lesson.

Ukrainian Storytime St. Nicholas Day Celebration
Saturday, December 17 at Nora from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Join the Ukrainian Society of Indiana for a bilingual storytime kickoff to celebrate St. Nicholas Day. Children and their families are invited for stories and songs celebrating the people and language of Ukraine! Candy, coffee, and tea will be provided! No registration is required.

STEAM Saturday - The Gingerbread Man
Saturday, December 17 at Lawrence from 10:30 a.m-2:30 p.m.
Run, run, as fast as you can to the library! Work on building a bridge the gingerbread man can use to safely cross the water. Also complete a scavenger hunt and some other fun gingerbread man activities. No registration is required.

Family Storytime: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Monday, December 19 at Eagle from 4:30-6 p.m. Register
Families with children are invited to this special storytime to read a holiday classic! Come enjoy a story, a snack, a craft, and a "special" guest visitor!

Meet a Reindeer - with Silly Safaris
Monday, December 19 at West Perry from 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20 at Martindale-Brightwood from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Learn about the Sami, Indigenous reindeer herders from the Lapland region of Scandinavia and meet a reindeer. Geared for ages 5 & up and families. No registration is required.

Family Storytime: The Polar Express
Tuesday, December 20 at Eagle from 6-7 p.m. Register
Families with children are invited to this special storytime to read a holiday classic! Come enjoy a story, a snack, and a craft!

Cozy Craft Night for Teens
Tuesday, December 20 at West Perry from 5-6:30 p.m. Register
Come craft, play games, or enjoy snacks and a movie! For ages 12 and up.

Noon Year's Eve at Lawrence
Saturday, December 31 at Lawrence from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Come ring in the new year with us- at noon! We'll celebrate with activities, crafts, and games, plus a storytime and special balloon drop at noon. No registration is required.

You Choose the Time Online Holiday Storytime!
Use the 5 skills of early learning – reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing to learn about Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. Enjoy several online video read alouds, songs, activities & more!