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November 2011

What’s New · Holiday Happenings at the Main Library

Free Family Fun

Enjoy holiday activities, crafts, and performances by well-known performers at the Main Library on Saturdays & Sundays, December 3-18 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Kersten Fund. Refreshments provided courtesy of Kroger.

Adzooks Puppets: Dennis the Elf Adzooks Puppets: Dennis the Elf

Performance schedule

  • David Kisor, Saturday, December 3
  • Madcap Puppets, Sunday, December 4
  • Jennifer Ellis, Saturday, December 10
  • Frisch Marionettes, Sunday, December 11
  • Zak Morgan, Saturday, December 17
  • Adzooks Puppets, Sunday, December 18

All performances begin at 2:00 p.m.

Dickens Exhibits

A Cincinnati Christmas Carol: Behind the Scenes of Cincinnati’s Favorite Holiday Theatre Tradition, presented in partnership with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, will be on vivew in the Main Library’s Atrium through January 8. Plus, view the Library’s rare early editions of Charles Dickens’ books in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room through January 2.

Photograph from the Christmas Carol exhibit Photograph from Christmas Carol exhibit

Ride the Holly Jolly Downtown Trolley

The Main Library is a stop on the Holly Jolly Trolley! The Trolley runs on Saturdays (December 3-17) from noon to 5 p.m., courtesy of Downtown Cincinnati Inc. & the merchants at The Banks! Details about all the downtown holiday events are available on Downtown Cincinnati Inc's website.

Library Friends’ Shop

You'll find a wide variety of unique gifts and holiday cards (including Dickens notecards) in the Friends Shop. Extended holiday shopping hours from November 27 through December 23.

The Library’s Storybook Trees

Trees decorated with storybook character ornaments hand-made by the Federated Garden Clubs of Cincinnati and Vicinity will be on view in the Reading Garden Lounge and Children’s Learning Center.

More Holiday Happenings at the Branches

And don't forget that you can also celebrate the holiday season by attending a fun program at your neighborhood branch library! Enjoy music, movies, and more. Try your hand at crafts ranging from decorating gingerbread houses to making ornaments.

cover of A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas A Cincinnati Night
Before Christmas

Holiday Books and More

The Library's collection has loads to titles to help you celebrate the holidays--from cooksbooks to do-it-yourself gift guides to cozy stories to read with your kids. And of course, plenty of DVDs for the entire family to enjoy! Check out our Holiday Books and Movies list for staff recommendations.

Thanks to...

Cincinnati Family Magazine, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Downtown Cincinnati Inc., and Kroger.