As fall turns to winter and the year comes to a close, it's a great time to visit CPL. Check out a book or a movie to enjoy on a cold winter evening, borrow one of our specialty cake and cookie pans to make holiday treats, or enjoy our classes and events! See below for a complete list of our December events, including a number of fun events for kids during the school break week.
Also, just in time for the holidays, the Friends of Castleton Public Library are selling tickets for their holiday raffle baskets! All proceeds benefit the library. Stop in any time through 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13 to buy your raffle tickets.
Are you interested in helping to build on CPL’s continuing success? Do you want to ensure the library’s successful future by helping to maintain and improve it? The CPL Board of Trustees is currently seeking a new Trustee to join the Board. For more information, attend the Board meeting on Monday, December 18 or send a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn the basics of computer use in a one-on-one setting. Call 518-732-0879 to register.
Holidays on the Hudson
Sunday, December 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the holidays with storytime and a craft, a special visit from Santa, and light refreshments! Presented in cooperation with the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson.
After Dinner Book Club: Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Monday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
Join us the first Monday of each month for a book discussion! This month's book is The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Books are available at the front desk.
Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26; 1/2.
Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime!
DIY Bath Gifts
Wednesday, December 6, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
For adults. Sugar scrub and bath bombs make a great gift. Come make your own to take home!
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28; 1/4.
Join us for a story and a craft! For ages birth through 6.
Family Movie Night - Despicable Me 3
Friday, December 8, 6:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome at our monthly Family Movie Night! This month’s movie is Despicable Me 3 (PG).
Holiday Cookie Swap
Saturday, December 9, 11:00 a.m.
Perfect for holiday entertaining! Here’s how it works – BAKE: Bake four dozen of your favorite holiday cookies. BRING: Bring your cookies in one large container. Please do not separate into portions ahead of time. PRINT: Please bring a copy of your recipe to share at the cookie swap. SWAP: We will divide the cookies equally among the bakers.
Augmented Reality Sandbox Demonstration
Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a demo of a hands-on exhibit to learn about topography. Mold the sand by hand and the landscape comes to life! The sand is augmented in real-time with an elevation color map, contour lines, and simulated water. Can’t make it in on 12/9? Stop in anytime on Monday, 12/11 or Tuesday, 12/12 to learn more and explore!
Read to Lacey
Monday, December 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Children are invited to read aloud to Lacey, the therapy dog! Reading to an animal can improve children's reading and communication skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. 15-minute individual reading time with Lacey is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tuesday, December 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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Teen Time: Bad Art Night
Wednesday, December 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Create the most bizarre piece of art that you can using a variety of materials. The creator whose art is deemed the "worst" will win a prize! For teens in 6th through 12th grade.
Friends of Castleton Public Library Meeting
Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 p.m.
Want to help support and raise funds for CPL? Come join the Friends! All are welcome.
Saturday, December 16, 10:30 a.m.
Join Miss Joelle for story time and crafts! Suggested age range birth to age 6.
Monday, December 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Is your stuffed animal friend coming apart at the seams? Has your dog's favorite toy seen better days? Drop in with your stuffed animals or dog toys for free mending by Kathy Meyer.
Library Board Meeting
Monday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.
Monthly meeting of the CPL Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Afternoon Book Club - Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
Tuesday, December 19, 1:00 p.m.
Join us the third Tuesday of each month for a book discussion! This month's selection is Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War IIby Denise Kiernan. Books are available at the front desk.
Wednesday, December 20, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Come knit and chat the third Wednesday of each month! Beginners welcome.
Cool Science: Rain Clouds
Tuesday, December 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Join us for some cool science. Learn how rain clouds work as we create colorful rain using food coloring and shaving cream!
Perler Bead Crafts
Wednesday, December 27, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Come make something awesome out of perler beads!
TED Talk Discussion Series: Dance
Wednesday, December 27, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a viewing and discussion of TED Talks that share a common theme of "Dance."
Thursday, December 28, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a story about dance, then see a special visitor show us some of their moves! All ages welcome.
Lego Machines & Mechanisms
Thursday, December 28, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
An interactive, fun event to learn about mechanical concepts using Legos. Kids/teens use building plans, construct and experiment with complex machines, and reflect on their results. Recommended for ages 9 and up (younger children welcome with adult assistance). Please register; call 518-732-0879.
Friday, December 29, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Do you love painting? Stop by the library to have fun with all kinds of paint!
Saturday, December 30, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come bring a friend down to the library and play a game of tabletop hockey!
Write to Your Favorite Author
Wednesday, January 3, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Have questions about a book you like? Want to tell an author what you thought about his or her story? Join us and use our supplies to write a letter or draw a picture that we’ll mail to your favorite author!
Family Movie Night - The Lego Ninjago Movie
Friday, January 5, 6:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome at our monthly Family Movie Night! This month’s movie is The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG).