Library staff read children's books, help color paper ornaments and coordinate the crafts.
Most of the craft events put on by the libraries in December are programs they host throughout the year, but with a holiday theme, said Pam May, marketing supervisor at the Kanawha County Public Library.
The 10:30 a.m. "story time" at Nitro Public Library on Dec. 4 featured holiday stories and crafts.
The "neat as a pin" pin-making event at the St. Albans Branch Library allowed pre-teens and teens 12 and older to create a holiday-themed pin.
The Cross Lanes Branch library invited adults to make holiday note cards using rubber stamps on Dec. 6 under the guidance of Debra Wunderly, a Rubberific Stamping Club member.
Sautrday, the Kanawha County Public Library is hosting its holiday open house. The Kanawha Kordsmen will perform at 9:30 a.m. until the Charleston Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. Refreshments and a holiday celebration will follow the parade on the first floor of the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May said library staff members look forward to the seasonal celebrations, but offering craft time to their community is merely part of the library's purpose.
"Part of our mission is to provide programming for the public -- free programming that is educational and entertaining. That's just what we do," May said.
Though most kids may not realize it, they are learning while making artwork, she said.
Some activities are tied in with STEM (an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math) programming, May said.
The Dunbar Branch Library will have kids use basic geometry to create an ornament on Monday at 6 p.m.
Family STEM night -- at the Dunbar Branch Library on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. and Kanawha County Public Library on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. -- will require families to use engineering skills to build gingerbread houses.
For a list of all the holiday craft events going on at the libraries, visit the calendar page at http://kanawhalibrary.org.Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.