The holiday season is upon us and the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., may help your children come up with the perfect homemade holiday gifts.

Registration began Nov. 26 for winter gift-making programs that begin Monday, Dec. 3.

Everyone loves to receive a homemade gift made from the loving hands of a child. Children are encouraged to make two gifts. One they can take home and give away to a family member or friend, and one will go into a gift bag at the library that we will give away to the community.

Programs include:

Early Childhood (birth to age 5)

  • Baby Mistletoes Footprint and Salt Dough
  • Baby Walk in Winter Wonderland Footprints
  • Toddler Popsicle Memory Game Gift
  • Toddler Stamped Napkin Set
  • Preschool Popsicle Stick Ornaments and Puppets
  • Preschool Little Drummer Gift
  • Family Train Track Painted Scarves
  • Family I Spy Sensory Bottle Game
  • Family Play Dough
  • Family Penguin Parade

School Age Holiday Gift Programs (grades K-6)

  • Bird Feeders
  • Powder Paint Art Gift Set
  • Bottle Cap Magnets
  • Worry Dolls
  • Kindness Jars
  • Book Page Ornaments

Tweens and Teens (grades 4 and up)

  • Reindeer Soap
  • Paint Chip Poetry Book
  • Photography Slide Puzzle
  • T-Shirt Scarves
  • Fundama Ball Game

While it may seem like just arts and crafts, these programs provide educational play and literary components to create opportunities to learn language, science, math, technology and share traditions.

All programming is accessible via our online calendar at calendar.jvbrown.edu or by clicking on “Programming” at www.jvbrown.edu for a breakdown by ages and grade levels.

Children who are actively engaged in learning grow into engaged citizens. The library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their command of five types of literacy – basic, information, civic and social, health and financial – they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, as citizens.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.