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Winter Break

Winter Break

Get out of the house and into the midst of great programs and community events at your Milwaukee Public Library during Winter Break at MPL. Crafts, books, and cozy comradery await you at your local library! 

 

For Adults | For Children | For Teens

 

For Adults
 

DIY Sugar Scrub - Make and Take

Saturday, December 7, 1-2:30 p.m.
Villard Square Branch | 5190 N. 35th St.

Learn how to make easy, low-cost sugar scrub gift jars for family and friends. Sugar scrubs are exfoliating body treatments that are a gentle alternative to salt scrubs. Many of the materials can be found right in your home!

Adults of all crafting experience are welcome to attend! Registered participants will end the workshop with a sample to take home from materials supplied; call 414.286.3011 or register online.

Allergen Warning: *Essential oils, coconut oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil may be used in this workshop; these ingredients may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some individuals.

Jólabókaflóð Cozy Reading and Craft Party

Saturday, December 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
East Branch | 2320 N. Cramer St.

Monday, December 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tippecanoe Branch | 3912 S. Howell Ave.

Celebrate the traditional Icelandic “book flood” with a cozy reading and crafting session. Sip a hot beverage while creating a lovely pinecone luminary centerpiece make & take (supplies limited; registration required), or simply browse a selection of hygge-inspired books and other small crafts.

Registration required for pinecone luminary craft; call 414.286.3011 or register online by clicking on the date(s) above.

DIY Beauty Make and Take

Saturday, December 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
Central Library | 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. | Community Room I

Take home a sugar scrub you’ve made yourself at this DIY beauty program. Enjoy this all natural way to pamper yourself, or use it as an affordable but luxurious holiday gift.

Learn tips for making other homemade body care treatments with common household ingredients.

Holiday Craft Workshop

Saturday, December 14, 1-4 p.m
Martin Luther King Branch | 310 W. Locust St. 

Give a gift from the heart! Join us for a holiday craft workshop and make gifts for family and friends. Choose one or more projects to make and take home.

Black Art, History, and Culture Holiday Cards

Monday, December 16, 4:30-6 p.m.
Atkinson Branch | 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.

Make cards using traditional holiday icons made with African fabric and learn about Freedom’s Eve.

Visions of a New Year

Thursday, December 19, 3-5 p.m.
Washington Park Branch | 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Create a vision board of what you want your new year to represent - a new job, travel, self-image, whatever you have your mind set on. Supplies will be provided.

Registration is required; call 414.286.3011 or register online.

Holiday Cookie Decorating

Monday, December 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Capitol Branch | 3969 N. 74th St. | Community Room

Snowflakes, snowmen, and sprinkles galore! Find all the supplies you need to decorate tasty holiday treats to eat and share at this sugar cookie decorating party for all ages!


 

For Children

* - also for teens

 

Celebrate Star Wars*

Friday, December 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
East Branch | 2320 N. Cramer St.  

Celebrate the upcoming Star Wars film “The Rise of Skywalker” at this all-ages program with crafts, trivia, and snacks! Costumes encouraged but not required. 

Life-Size Games

Monday, December 30, 2-3 p.m.
Zablocki Branch | 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave. 

Let’s celebrate the end of the year with games. Try your hand at life-size Tic-tac-toe and Connect Four. Challenge a friend to a game of Tetris. Snacks provided.

Winter Break Scavenger Hunt

Monday, December 16 - Monday, December 30 during open hours
Central Library | 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Monday, December 16 - Monday, December 30 during open hours
Villard Square Branch | 5190 N. 35th St.

Stop in at the library during Winter Break and pick up a self-guided wintry scavenger hunt! Visit the librarian when you are finished for a surprise.

Kids Can Cook - Special Parent Edition!

Tuesday, December 17, 5-6 p.m.
Capitol Branch | 3969 N. 74th St. 

Parents and caregivers, join us for a special edition of Kids Can Cook. Grown-ups can swap recipes and browse the library’s cookbook collection while kids decorate recipe cards. Make donut hole snowmen and go home with tasty new recipes to try! Bring 1-2 of your favorite recipes and we’ll make copies to share! 

Build Your Own Gingerbread House

Create your own miniature gingerbread house. Bring your family, your imagination, and creativity. Registration required. Call 414.286.3011 or click on the date(s) listed below.

Tuesday, December 10, 4-5:30 p.m. 
Atkinson Branch | 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.

Tuesday, December 10, 6-7 p.m.
Bay View Branch | 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Wednesday, December 11, 5-6 p.m.
East Branch |  2320 N. Cramer St.

Monday, December 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Branch |  310 W. Locust St.

Monday, December 9, 6-7 p.m.
Mitchell Street Branch |  906 W. Historic Mitchell Street

Saturday, December 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Tippecanoe Branch |  3912 S. Howell Ave. 

Tuesday, December 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Villard Square Branch |  5190 N. 35th St.

Tuesday, December 3, 5-6 p.m.
Washington Park  Branch | 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Saturday, December 14, 2-3 p.m.
Zablocki Branch | 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Card Making Workshop

Tuesday, December 10, 5-6:30 p.m.
Washington Park Branch | 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Bring the whole family to make holiday cards with Blk*Art, History & Culture’s Jody Alexander. Learn how African Americans have historically celebrated the holidays in the United States and make your own holiday cards to give to loved ones. 

“A Wrinkle in Time”

Saturday, December 14, 3-4 p.m.
Bay View Branch | 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

To celebrate A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, we’ll read an excerpt from the graphic novel, make tesseracts with candy, and make a glittery anti-gravity galaxy in a bottle. First Stage is scheduled to perform the play in 2020. 

DIY Gift Wrap*

Tuesday, December 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Tippecanoe  Branch |  3912 S. Howell Ave.

Wednesday, December 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Zablocki Branch | 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Create your own wrapping paper at the library’s mini-makerspace and let the artist in you shine! Use craft supplies to put your own twist on traditional wrapping and make your gift truly unique.


For Teens 

DIY Duct Tape Crafts 

Wednesday, December 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Villard Square Branch | 5190 N. 35th St.

Get crafty with duct tape! Use your ingenuity to design usable creations. Supplies will be provided. 

Button-Making Challenge

Monday, December 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Capitol  Branch | 3969 N 74th St.

Teens are invited to stop by and make their own one-of-a-kind buttons in a new way! 

Manga Club

Thursday, December 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Mitchell Street Branch | 906 W. Historic Mitchell Street

Visit the last Manga Club event of the year! Learn to draw your favorite characters. As always, origami paper and instructions will be available. 

Bibliomania

Wednesday, December 18, 5-5:45 p.m.
Mitchell Street Branch | 906 W. Historic Mitchell Street

Discuss popular Young Adult titles chosen by you! Titles for our next book club are Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Be sure to stop in any library and place your copy on reserve in time for our next book club meeting. 

Oreo Taste Test Challenge

Tuesday, December 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Villard Square Branch | 5190 N. 35th St.

Take the Oreo cookie Taste Test Challenge. Sample a variety of different Oreo cookies and find out which one is the best. 

Soundtrap

Monday, December 30, 1-3 p.m.
Atkinson Branch | 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.

Use Soundtrap, an online music and loop making software, to compose your own music loops and beats.