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Campbell County Public Library offers activities for adults, children at all branches in December

The Campbell County Public Library operates four branches.

The Cold Spring Branch is located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, phone 859-781-6166. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch is located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas, phone 859-572-5033. The Newport Branch is located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport, phone 859-572-5035. The Alexandria Branch is located at 8830 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria, phone 859-572-7463.

There are two Express locations for pickups and returns in Silver Grove and Melbourne.

Hours for Cold Spring, Carrico/Fort Thomas and Newport branches are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Hours for Alexandria are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, click here.

The Library will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24-25.

Cold Spring

Programs for Adults and Teens

The Life & Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant and the Women Who Helped Forge the Man
6-8 pm Tuesday, Dec. 4
Historian Chris Burns returns to discuss Ulysses S. Grant and the women in his life who stood by him through his challenges and triumphs. Ages 16 & up. Registration required.

Coding Club
6:30-8 pm Wednesday, Dec. 5
Love to code? Want to learn how? Join us as we start a new text -based RPG adventure using Python. Ages 11 & up. Register now, as computers are limited. Questions? Contact Clara at cgerner@cc-pl.org

Christmas Ornaments with Paint & Bake Ceramics
6-8 pm Thursday, Dec. 6
Choose from a variety of common holiday designs, and paint it to make it a masterpiece! One ornament per patron. Ages 16 & up. Register now as spots are limited. Finished ornaments will be available for pick up at Paint & Bake Ceramics in Cold Spring at least 12 days after completion.

Dungeons & Dragons
6-10 pm Friday, Dec. 7
New & experienced players alike welcome to play D&D 5e. We will have pre-generated characters or, if you would like to make your own, we will make characters and level up from 6 to about 7 pm. Interested in DMing? Contact Clara at cgerner@cc-pl.org. Ages 13 & up. Registration required.

Minecraft Club
5-7 pm Monday, Dec. 10
Win prizes and play with local kids. Register to save a spot on the limited library laptops or bring your own. Questions? Contact Clara Gerner at cgerner@cc-pl.org. Ages 8-19. Registration required.

Cold Spring Book Club
11 am Tuesday, Dec. 11
Join the discussion of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting
6:30-8 pm Tuesday, Dec. 11
This meeting, hosted by DCCH Center for Children & Families, will focus on the requirements and process of becoming a foster parent and/or foster to adopt. There will be a chance to ask any questions you may have about foster care & adoption. Ages 18 & up. Questions? Contact Natalie Hemmer at 859-331-2040 ext. 8659 or nhemmer@dcchcenter.org. Registration required.

Teen Christmas Party
5-8:45 pm Monday, Dec. 17
Enjoy treats, cookie decorating, a white elephant gift exchange and prizes. Ages 11-19. Registration required.

Cup of Crime Book Club
7 pm Wednesday, Dec. 19
Join the discussion of 1st to Die by James Patterson. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Real Men Read
7 pm Thursday, Dec. 20
Join the discussion of The Rise and Fall of Alexandria by Justin Pollard. Ages 18 & up. New members – women and men — welcome. No need to register.

After Hours Game Night
7-10 pm Friday, Dec. 21
Bring a favorite from home (T for Teen or lower, please) or come to play from the Library stock with your friends. We have guitar hero for the Wii and WiiU, plus more than 100 different board and card games, and five different console systems. Ages 11 & up. Registration required.

Programs for Children and Families

Tot Time
9:30 & 11:30 am Monday10
A story time and a playtime with toys, balls and bubbles. Ages 1-3. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 & 11 am Wednesdays, Dec. 5 & 12.
A story and a themed craft. Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Baby Sign Story Time
9:30 am Saturdays, Dec. 6 & 13
Enjoy stories, songs, bouncy rhymes and toys and learn simple American Sign Language. Newborn to age 18 months. No need to register.

Preschool Time
10:30 am Thursdays, Dec. 6 & 13
Get ready for preschool or kindergarten with a story, early literacy stations, crafts and more. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Paint & Bake: Christmas Ornaments (Grades 1-5)
4 pm Thursday, Dec. 6
Join us and guests from Paint and Bake as we paint Christmas ornaments. If you have younger children who are interested in this program, register for our Paint and Bake program on Saturday, Dec. 8. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Family Story Time
10 am Saturdays, Dec. 8 & 15
Bring the whole family to for a fun story time. Help your children develop literacy skills with stories, songs, games and a craft. Families. No need to register.

Paint & Bake: Christmas Ornaments
2 pm Saturday, Dec. 8
Join us and guests from Paint and Bake as we paint Christmas ornaments. This session will have regular ornaments for the independent painters, and will also have the option of hand print ornaments for the very young ones. Families. Registration required.

Evening Story Time
6:30 pm Wednesday, Dec. 12
Help your children develop literacy skills and have some fun too, with stories, songs, games and a craft. Families. No need to register.

Winter Holiday Party
4 pm Thursday, Dec. 13
Come and celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza with some fun crafts, games and more. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Christmas Movie & Hot Chocolate
2-3:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 15
Let’s curl up with some hot chocolate and get into the holiday mood with a fun Christmas movie. Families. Registration required.

Family Board & Card Game Day
1-5 pm Sunday, Dec. 16
Choose any game from our collection, or bring a favorite from home. Families. No need to register.

Homeschool Hangout: Christmas Party
11 am Tuesday, Dec. 18
We will have fun holiday crafts, games and snacks for our young homeschoolers to enjoy. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

Noon Year’s Eve Party
11 am Saturday, Dec. 29
Ring in the New Year…at noon. Bring the family for fun crafts and games and a countdown to noon. Families. Registration required.

Carrico/Fort Thomas

Programs for Adults and Teens

DIY Miniature House Ornaments
2:30 & 6 pm Wednesday, Dec. 5
Using paint, glitter, fake snow, tinsel, and other supplies, each attendee will get to design their own ornament. Ages 18 & up. To accommodate as many people as possible, this craft is also offered at two different times. Please register for only one event.

DIY Ugly Holiday Sweater
4 pm Thursday, Dec. 6
Do you like tacky Holiday sweaters? If so, be sure to stop by to create your own miniature tacky Holiday sweater with craft supplies and your creativity. Ages 12-18. No need to register.

All About Peppermint
6:30-8 pm Thursday, Dec. 6
Carisa Bunten, of Seventh Street Gifts, discusses the history, botanical qualities and uses for peppermint. Create your own peppermint products to take home and try. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Long Night Against Procrastination
6-10 pm Friday, Dec 7
The library will be open to teens who need to study for upcoming finals for school. Information Service staff will be available to help students when needed, we will have built in study breaks and snacks. Ages 12-18. No need to register.

Coffee & Conversation
2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 12
Join the discussion of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Yoga for Teens
4 pm Wednesday, Dec. 12
Experience the benefits of yoga for yourself. Improve balance, suppleness, focus and strength. Reduce stress and increase your vitality. No prior yoga experience necessary, Bring a yoga mat or towel. Ages 12-18. Register.

A Novel Idea
4 pm Thursday, Dec. 13
Join the discussion of Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola. Ages 11-18. New members welcome. No need to register.

Snow Globe Ornaments (Drop-In Programs)
3-5 pm Friday, Dec. 14
We will use scrapbook pages and fake snow to make cheerful winter scenes to decorate your tree.This craft should take about 20 minutes to complete. Ages 18 & up. No need to register; just drop in anytime during the program while supplies last.

Dungeons & Dragons
6-9 pm Friday
All levels of experience welcomed as we play Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Premade characters will be available. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

VR Game Night
6-9 pm Friday, Dec. 28
Bring your family and friends to library to play with ours! From Google Cardboard to the PS4 VR Headset, there will be much to learn about and try out. Some games may require a smartphone to operate. Adults, teens and families welcome. Ages 11 & up. Registration is not required, but encouraged.

Programs for Children and Families

Full STEAM Ahead
7 pm Monday, Dec. 10
Gets hands-on with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Ages 3 & up. No need to register.

Toddler Time
10 am Tuesday, Dec. 11
Stories & fun for your little one. Ages 2-3. No need to register.

Preschool Time
11 am Tuesday, Dec. 11
Your young one can have fun and get ready for preschool at the same time. Ages 4-5. No need to register.

Lap Time
9:30 am Wednesdays, Dec. 5 & 12
Enjoy bounces, rhymes, lullabies and books with your baby. Newborn to age 2, especially for pre-walkers. Registration required.

Movers & Shakers
11 am Wednesdays, Dec. 5 & 12
Shake out your sillies in this musical story time. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Baby Time
9:30 & 10:30 am Thursdays, Dec. 6 & 13
Clap, sing and move with your baby. Newborn to age 2, especially for walkers. Registration required.

Jingle Babies
10 am Saturday, Dec. 8
Time to get jolly as we read books, sing and jingle along with everybody’s favorite holiday songs. We’ll even play a few reindeer games. A footprint craft will be included. Newborn to age 2. Registration required.

Jingle Bell Rock
4 pm Monday, Dec. 10
Bells are ringing at the Library today. All of our games and crafts feature jingle bells. Grades 1-5. No need to register.

Cookies & Ornaments
1 pm Saturday, Dec. 15
Come decorate some delicious cookies and make a special ornament. Families. No need to register.

Newport

Programs for Adults and Teens

Impromptu
3-5 pm Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 & 19
Come unwind after school. The time is planned, but the fun is not. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Ornament Painting
3-5 pm Thursday, Dec. 6
We have the ornaments and the paint you get to have all the fun. Come make a fun ornament that you can keep or share. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Countdown to Baby
3:30 pm Monday, Dec. 10
Come join us for a free session in partnership with NorthKey. We will provide snacks while you learn and talk all about your pregnancy and preparing for your new baby. The Library’s children’s department will provide a play area and entertainment for your children during the program. Questions? Call Miss Nina at 859-572-5035, ext. 18. Registration required.

Winter Paper Trees
6:30 pm Monday, Dec. 10
Using simple folding techniques, you will be creating paper trees that you can use for decoration through the winter season. Ages 18 & up. Registration required.

Homeschoolers’ Book Club
10 am Tuesday, Dec. 11
Join the discussion of Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Ages 8-12. New members welcome. No need to register.

A Very Merry Tween Scene
4 pm Tuesday, Dec. 11
It’s the last Tween Scene of the year. Get cozy with us for this very merry hangout where we will have festive crafts and activities to do. Ages 8-12. No need to register.

Lego Town
3-5 pm Thursday, Dec. 13
Join us as we build the best town we can in two hours. Local architects and architecture students will teach us the fundamentals of building construction and planning. Ages 11-19. Registration required.

Winter Yarn Crafts
6:30 pm Monday, Dec. 17
We’re making yarn evergreen trees in two fun designs. Ages 18 & up. Register today for a festive night of crafts, coffee and holiday cookies.

YA for Grown Adults Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 18
Join the discussion of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 pm Wednesday, Dec. 19
The board meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings rotate among all four branch locations. All board meetings are open to the public. Ages 18 & up. No need to register.

Pokemon Marathon
3-5 pm Thursday, Dec 27
Warm up with some hot chocolate, lounge on bean bag chairs and enjoy Pokémon games and coloring pages. Ages 11-19. No need to register.

Programs for Children and Families

Holiday Movie Marathon

Ready for K Through Play
 10 am Monday, Dec. 10
Get ready for kindergarten with silly songs, games, a story and a craft while working to develop kindergarten readiness skills. Ages 3-5. No need to register.

Movers & Shakers
10 am Tuesday, Dec. 11
Each program begins and ends with open play time and is filled with music, reading and exercise. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme
10 am Wednesdays, Dec. 5 & 12
Bond with baby while singing silly songs, doing fun laptime bouncy rhymes and dancing in our bubbles. Newborn to age 24 months. No need to register.

Little Prodigies
4 pm Wednesdays, Dec. 5 & 12
Music and art are important for developing early literacy skills. Ages 2-7. No need to register.

Story Time for Bigs
10 am Thursdays, Dec. 6 & 13
We will sing songs, read a book, have plenty of time for play and make a craft. Ages 2-5. No need to register.

Holiday Open House
Noon-3 pm Saturday, Dec. 8
To celebrate the holiday season, the Children’s Department will have a craft room devoted to making crafts that celebrate different winter holidays from around the world. Caregivers and grownups, please remember to bring your own cameras for Santa’s visit! We will begin distributing numbered tickets at 11:30 am to hold places in the line to see Santa. American Sign Language interpreters will also be available noon-1 pm. The Adult and Teen department will also have crafts available to celebrate the season. Families. No need to register.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents Reindeer Games
2 pm Saturday, Dec. 8
The Newport Library is excited to present The Children’s Theatre’s production of Reindeer Games as TCT on Tour takes on the holidays – game-show style. Join in all the Reindeer Games with Santa’s four-hoofed sleigh team as both hosts and contestants.
This TCT world premiere, written by Kenneth Jones, has plenty of audience participation, laughs, good cheer and celebration. ASL interpreters will be interpreting the show for our friends in the Deaf community. Families. No need to register.

Night Owl Story Time
6:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 13
Entertain your young ones and get everyone ready for bed as we We read stories, sing songs, and do some yoga and mindfulness exercises. Feel free to come in pajamas ready to relax together. Teas will be available to help everyone get in a relaxing mood. Ages 2-6. No need to register.

Sensory Science Story Time
11:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 15
Children of all ages are invited to use all of their senses to explore stories, songs and hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. We will begin with a short story time that integrates movement and song and end with hands-on STEAM exploration.
This program is designed for children with sensory integration challenges but is open to children of all abilities. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Children’s Librarian, Nina Frondorf: nfrondorf@cc-pl.org or 859-572-5035, ext. 18. Families. No need to register.

Noon Year’s Eve Party
11 am-12:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 29
Ready to ring in the New Year? Join us for a New Year’s Bash hosted by the Children’s Department. We will have light snacks, games and fun all ending with a big countdown to noon. Allergy note: Latex balloons will be used in this event. Families. No need to register.

Alexandria

Programs for Adults and Teens

Holiday Craftapalooza
2:30-4:30 pm Friday, Dec. 14
Does your mantle need extra holiday decorations? Is your tree looking a little empty? Stop by the Alexandria branch to make some holiday crafts with everything from glitter, confetti, paint, pom-poms, etc. Ages 11-18. No need to register.

Alexandria Book Club
4:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 20
Join the discussion of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Ages 18 & up. New members welcome. No need to register.

Pokemon Club at Alexandria
4 pm Wednesday, Dec. 5
Come with your video games and cards and meet up to battle to the top. Make friends, trade Pokémon and have fun. Ages 6 & up. No need to register.

Friday Fun for Little Ones
11:15 am Fridays, Dec. 7 & 14
Join us for some songs, rhymes, dancing and story time. Every week we read board books geared to babies. Ages 6 months-3 years. Registration required.

Holiday Humbug Hullabaloo
1-3 pm Saturday, Dec. 8
Come and join all of us at the Alexandria Branch for a fun and festive time! There will be fun facts from around the world and some festive holiday crafts for everyone to do! All ages are welcome. No need to register.

Terrific Tuesday: Evening Edition
5 pm Tuesday, Dec. 11
Join us for an exciting story time, fun activities, crafts and an all-around great time. Ages 3 & up. Registration Required.

Alexandria After School
4-6:30 pm Wednesday, Dec. 12
We are going to be working with Shari the Bag Lady to help make plarn. “Plarn” is a word created to describe plastic yarn, made out of recycled bags, which you use to make waterproof items. We will learn about how to reuse plastic bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless in our community. Grades 1-5. Registration required.

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