December 2021

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Teen Take & Make Kit: Handmade Gifts

Teen Take & Make Kit: Handmade Gifts

Colorful Pieces of Felt
Main Library
Wednesday, December 1 at (All day)

Ages 12-19: Customize a mug or make a no-sew fleece blanket with the easy crafts in this kit. You can keep your creations for yourself or give them as gifts this holiday season. Kits available while supplies last.

(All day)
Main Library
 
 
Early Literacy Kit: Sensory Bin

Early Literacy Kit: Sensory Bin

Close-Up of Water Beads
Main Library
Wednesday, December 1 at (All day)

Ages 0-5: Open-ended, tactile play provides developmental opportunities for your child, including increasing fine motor skills, critical thinking, and creativity. Plus, sensory bins are easy to create! Fill the plastic bin with items provided in this kit, improvise new experiences with things you already have at home, or hide surprises for your little one to discover. Kits available while supplies last.

(All day)
Main Library
 
 
Kids Take & Make Kit: Dinosaurs

Kids Take & Make Kit: Dinosaurs

Young Girl Examining Dinosaur Skull with Magnifying Glass
Main Library
Wednesday, December 1 at (All day)

Ages 5-12: Dig in to this dino-mite kit with your young paleontologist! Use a wooden dowel and brush to carefully excavate an egg, practice fine motor skills by sewing a dinosaur craft, and learn even more about these "terrible lizards" with two new books: Earth Before Us by Abby Howard and To the Land of the Dinosaurs. Kits available while supplies last.

(All day)
Main Library
 
 
 
Shell of Indiana's Rivers: Using the Current Status of Freshwater Mussels to Tell Us About Our Environment's Past, Present, and Future
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
 
Ready to Read Storytime

Ready to Read Storytime

Young Mother Reading to Toddler
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
Friday, December 3 at 10:30 am

Ages 0-5: Whether you're looking to bond with your little one, meet new friends, or prepare for their first day at Kindergarten, you can capture your child's imagination at Ready to Read Storytime. At Ready to Read Storytime, your child will learn new words and sounds, practice good listening and social skills, and develop their fine-motor skills with music, dance, and songs.

10:30 am to 11:30 am
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
 
 
Friends of the Library Annual Holiday Book Sale

Friends of the Library Annual Holiday Book Sale

Books with Bag and a Cup of Cocoa
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Saturday, December 4 at 9:00 am

Start your gift shopping early at the Friends Holiday Book Sale. Shop hundreds of books, including fiction by your favorite authors, non-fiction, hobbies and crafts, and kids' books. The average price is just $1.00! You can also select the perfect stocking-stuffers from gift items, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and more.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
 
 
Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

Santa Claus Holding an Open Scroll
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Saturday, December 4 at 1:00 pm

Let your child tell Santa how good they been this year with a handwritten letter! Writing supplies will be available so your child can compose their letter and leave it with a Librarian to be delivered to the North Pole. Once your child's letter is written, they can create crafts or you can pick-up some supplies to take home.

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
 
 
Friends of the Library Annual Holiday Book Sale
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
 
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Beginner Coding with Awbie from Osmo

Beginner Coding with Awbie from Osmo

Video Game Character with Strawberry on Green Background
Main Library
Haute Create
Monday, December 6 at 3:30 pm

Ages 6-9: This Hour of Code, explore caves, jungles, and mountains while on an epic quest for Awbie's favorite snack-strawberries! Your child will guide Osmo®'s Awbie through mazes using simple commands while developing their problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Brief instructions will be provided, then you and your child will explore Coding Awbie at your own pace. Please register for only one session. Hour of Code is dedicated to introducing beginners to code and broadening participation in computer science. Learn more at hourofcode.org.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Main Library
Haute Create
 
 
 
Conservation Strategies for Indiana's Freshwater Mussels

Conservation Strategies for Indiana's Freshwater Mussels

Freshwater Mussels on a Rock
West Branch Library
Monday, December 6 at 7:00 pm

Over half of Indiana's 79 freshwater mussel species are listed on the national Species of Greatest Conservation Need list by the U.S. Geological Survey. Over-harvest, habitat alteration and degradation, water quality issues, and the impacts of non-native species have all contributed to the decline of native mussels. Strategies now being employed for restoration of several of Indiana's rarest species include adult relocation, in situ cage culture, and captive rearing. These current techniques and future management strategies will be discussed.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
Ready to Read Storytime

Ready to Read Storytime

Young Mother Reading to Toddler
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Tuesday, December 7 at 10:00 am

Ages 0-5: Whether you're looking to bond with your little one, meet new friends, or prepare for their first day at Kindergarten, you can capture your child's imagination at Ready to Read Storytime. At Ready to Read Storytime, your child will learn new words and sounds, practice good listening and social skills, and develop their fine-motor skills with music, dance, and songs.

10:00 am to 11:00 am
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
 
 
 
Waters of the Wabash: Adventures Along Indiana's Famous River
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
Beginner Coding with Awbie from Osmo

Beginner Coding with Awbie from Osmo

Video Game Character with Strawberry on Green Background
Main Library
Haute Create
Tuesday, December 7 at 5:30 pm

Ages 6-9: This Hour of Code, explore caves, jungles, and mountains while on an epic quest for Awbie's favorite snack-strawberries! Your child will guide Osmo®'s Awbie through mazes using simple commands while developing their problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Brief instructions will be provided, then you and your child will explore Coding Awbie at your own pace. Please register for only one session. Hour of Code is dedicated to introducing beginners to code and broadening participation in computer science. Learn more at hourofcode.org.

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Main Library
Haute Create
 
 
Beginner Coding with Awbie from Osmo

Beginner Coding with Awbie from Osmo

Video Game Character with Strawberry on Green Background
Main Library
Haute Create
Wednesday, December 8 at 3:30 pm

Ages 6-9: This Hour of Code, explore caves, jungles, and mountains while on an epic quest for Awbie's favorite snack-strawberries! Your child will guide Osmo®'s Awbie through mazes using simple commands while developing their problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Brief instructions will be provided, then you and your child will explore Coding Awbie at your own pace. Please register for only one session. Hour of Code is dedicated to introducing beginners to code and broadening participation in computer science. Learn more at hourofcode.org.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Main Library
Haute Create
 
 
Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board

Teens Walking Together
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Wednesday, December 8 at 6:30 pm

Ages 12-19: Do you want to impact what you see at the Library? As a Teen Advisory Board member, you can plan incredible programs, implement popular trends, and serve as a positive role model for your peers and community. TAB meets monthly and welcomes all newcomers. Email tab@vigo.lib.in.us to become a member.

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
 
 
 
A Biosand Filter Demonstrator: An Off-Grid Method to Make Surface Water Safer for Drinking

A Biosand Filter Demonstrator: An Off-Grid Method to Make Surface Water Safer for Drinking

Ripples of Water Over Stones
West Branch Library
Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm

A biosand filter is designed for use in areas without electrical power and has been shown to improve water quality when compared to a surface water source. The filter system was designed and built as a class project for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology course Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries and inspired by an existing gravity fed system in Panama. The operation of the filter system has provided a number of lessons about component reliability and opportunities for improvements.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
Beginner Coding with Awbie from Osmo

Beginner Coding with Awbie from Osmo

Video Game Character with Strawberry on Green Background
Main Library
Haute Create
Thursday, December 9 at 3:30 pm

Ages 6-9: This Hour of Code, explore caves, jungles, and mountains while on an epic quest for Awbie's favorite snack-strawberries! Your child will guide Osmo®'s Awbie through mazes using simple commands while developing their problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Brief instructions will be provided, then you and your child will explore Coding Awbie at your own pace. Please register for only one session. Hour of Code is dedicated to introducing beginners to code and broadening participation in computer science. Learn more at hourofcode.org.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Main Library
Haute Create
 
 
Ready to Read Storytime

Ready to Read Storytime

Young Mother Reading to Toddler
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
Friday, December 10 at 10:30 am

Ages 0-5: Whether you're looking to bond with your little one, meet new friends, or prepare for their first day at Kindergarten, you can capture your child's imagination at Ready to Read Storytime. At Ready to Read Storytime, your child will learn new words and sounds, practice good listening and social skills, and develop their fine-motor skills with music, dance, and songs.

10:30 am to 11:30 am
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
 
 
 
The Polar Express at the Moon Lite

The Polar Express at the Moon Lite

Poster: The Polar Express
Community Locations
Moon Lite Drive-In Theater
Sunday, December 12 at 4:30 pm

All Ages: All aboard The Polar Express! Cozy up in your favorite pajamas and join three adventurous children as they journey to the North Pole in this classic holiday film from the comfort of your car. Each car will receive free admission. The first 100 cars to arrive will receive a complimentary popcorn. Rated G.

4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Community Locations
Moon Lite Drive-In Theater
 
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The Sisters of Providence St. Anne Shell Chapel

The Sisters of Providence St. Anne Shell Chapel

Seashells
West Branch Library
Monday, December 13 at 1:00 pm

This presentation explains how Saint Anne became the patroness of mariners, how a small chapel decorated with sea shells appeared in an Indiana forest, and how the community of Sisters living in the woods came to have an annual procession in honor of this Saint. Photographs and explanations of the symbols and stories portrayed by the shells, stained-glass windows, tile floor, and ironwork gate within the tiny chapel will be explained.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
 
Maker Hour: STEAM Gingerbread House
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
 
 
 
Miami Indians and their Connection to the River

Miami Indians and their Connection to the River

Seven Pillars Nature Reserve
West Branch Library
Monday, December 13 at 7:00 pm

Myaamiaki, also known as the Miami People, have lived in present-day Indiana since time immemorial. Diane Hunter, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, will explain the history of Myaamiaki since their emergence as a unique and different people, as well as discuss the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and their presence in Indiana today. This presentation will emphasize the importance of waterways to Myaamiaki throughout their history.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
Flavor Bytes: Fruitcake

Flavor Bytes: Fruitcake

Sliced Fruit Cake with Cranberries and Cinnamon Sticks
Digital Programs
Youtube
Tuesday, December 14 at (All day)

For some, fruitcake is an enduring holiday treat. For others, it's a barely-tolerated tradition. But what makes this fruit-studded quick bread so controversial and why does it always seem to appear around the winter holidays? Follow along with Flavor Bytes to make a simple fruitcake and explore the history behind this maligned dessert. Kits available while supplies last.

(All day)
Digital Programs
Youtube
 
 
Ready to Read Storytime

Ready to Read Storytime

Young Mother Reading to Toddler
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Tuesday, December 14 at 10:00 am

Ages 0-5: Whether you're looking to bond with your little one, meet new friends, or prepare for their first day at Kindergarten, you can capture your child's imagination at Ready to Read Storytime. At Ready to Read Storytime, your child will learn new words and sounds, practice good listening and social skills, and develop their fine-motor skills with music, dance, and songs.

10:00 am to 11:00 am
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
 
 
 
There is Always a River

There is Always a River

Man in a Rowboat on a Foggy River
West Branch Library
Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 pm

Rivers have played a critical role in the human geography, history, and settlement of the American Midwest. They have been essential for urban locations, economies, and transportation for centuries. The beauty of rivers in the Midwest provides opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
Write Your Life Story with Gale Courses

Write Your Life Story with Gale Courses

Woman Smiling at Laptop
Digital Programs
Wednesday, December 15 at (All day)

Preserve your memories, life-altering events, and family heritage for future generations with instruction from author Eva Shaw, Ph.D. In this six-week course, you will learn how to job memories, capture your writer's voice, and self-edit your manuscript. Visit bit.ly/vcpl_lifestory to register or browse more than 300 other courses.

(All day)
Digital Programs
 
 
 
A Brief History of the Wabash River in the Life of Terre Haute

A Brief History of the Wabash River in the Life of Terre Haute

Young Couple Giving Children Piggyback Rides Next to a River
West Branch Library
Wednesday, December 15 at 12:00 pm

The Wabash River played an essential role in the early development of Terre Haute. Ultimately, the river's use as a central hub of commercial activity declined as other transport means emerged; now, citizens look to the river as a source of recreation and a recent revival of interest in this neglected gem of the city has emerged.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
Cartooning: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Digital Programs
Zoom
 
 
Read to Rover

Read to Rover

Girl Reading to Dog
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
Wednesday, December 15 at 5:30 pm

All Ages: Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches!

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
 
 
 
Birds of the Wabash River: Eagles, Egrets, and Warblers

Birds of the Wabash River: Eagles, Egrets, and Warblers

White Egret Standing in Water
West Branch Library
Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00 pm

The Wabash River bottomlands are home to a rich variety of bird species, including raptors, wading birds, and small migratory land birds. This program discusses the history of the bald eagles' nesting habits and their population growth in Vigo County; the use of the Wabashiki wetlands by great egrets and great blue herons in summer and fall; and the less conspicuous spring and fall migrations of 30 warbler species through the woodlands along the river.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
 
Ready to Read Storytime

Ready to Read Storytime

Young Mother Reading to Toddler
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
Friday, December 17 at 10:30 am

Ages 0-5: Whether you're looking to bond with your little one, meet new friends, or prepare for their first day at Kindergarten, you can capture your child's imagination at Ready to Read Storytime. At Ready to Read Storytime, your child will learn new words and sounds, practice good listening and social skills, and develop their fine-motor skills with music, dance, and songs.

10:30 am to 11:30 am
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
 
 
Painting with Nicole

Painting with Nicole

Young Girl Covered in Paint
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Saturday, December 18 at 10:00 am

Ages 5-11: Whether your child is a seasoned artist or a first-time painter, making their own art allows them to express complex emotions, develop hand-eye coordination, and explore creativity. Discover what masterpiece they will create with a hands-on painting tutorial with Nicole.

10:00 am to 11:00 am
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
 
 
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Vigo County Public Library Board Meeting
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Main Library
Meeting Rooms B & C
 
 
 
Removal of Stormwater Pollutants Using Constructed, Treatment Wetlands

Removal of Stormwater Pollutants Using Constructed, Treatment Wetlands

Close-Up of Researcher's Hands While Taking Water Sample
West Branch Library
Monday, December 20 at 7:00 pm

Learn about the functions of natural wetlands and the benefits of constructed wetlands in treating wastewater. Discover on-going undergraduate research at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology as it relates to the removal of phosphates in lab-scale constructed wetlands as well as changes to the Indiana Navigable Waters Protection Rule and how isolated wetlands and seasonal streams are affected by this legislation.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
West Branch Library
 
 
Painting with Nicole

Painting with Nicole

Young Girl Covered in Paint
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Tuesday, December 21 at 3:00 pm

Ages 5-11: Whether your child is a seasoned artist or a first-time painter, making their own art allows them to express complex emotions, develop hand-eye coordination, and explore creativity. Discover what masterpiece they will create with a hands-on painting tutorial with Nicole.

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
 
 
 
 
Holiday Closing

Holiday Closing

Holly Berries and Evergreen Branches
All Library Locations
Friday, December 24 at (All day)

All Vigo County Public Library locations will be closed for the holiday.

(All day)
All Library Locations
 
 
Holiday Closing

Holiday Closing

Holly Berries and Evergreen Branches
All Library Locations
Saturday, December 25 at (All day)

All Vigo County Public Library locations will be closed for the holiday.

(All day)
All Library Locations
 
 
Holiday Closing

Holiday Closing

Holly Berries and Evergreen Branches
All Library Locations
Sunday, December 26 at (All day)

All Vigo County Public Library locations will be closed for the holiday.

(All day)
All Library Locations
 
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Holiday Closing

Holiday Closing

Fireworks
All Library Locations
Friday, December 31 at (All day)

All Vigo County Public Library locations will be closed for the holiday.

(All day)
All Library Locations