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Season’s Readings from the San Antonio Public Library

Eat, Read & be Merry this Holiday Season at San Antonio Public Library


SAN ANTONIO (December 16, 2019) – The Holiday season is in full swing and San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) wants to help you celebrate the season right. With the temperatures dropping and days getting shorter, this is the perfect time to utilize the Library’s tree-mendous Digital Collection for all your eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines. Not only does the digital collection include a variety of books for recipes, party planning, and decorating, but also an assortment of children’s books to keep the kids entertained during the holiday break.


But wait, there’s myrrh! Hold on for “deer” life because San Antonio Public Libraries will also be hosting a variety of free holiday activities throughout the month of December for all ages. With holiday-themed crafting, gift wrapping parties, family hat making, Holi-DIY card making, film screening and more, yule be sorry if you miss this lineup of FREE events! For a complete list of Library events, visit



Letters to Santa and Holiday Craft with Cocoa

Tuesday, December 17 | 4PM – 5PM

Johnston Branch Library, 6307 Sun Valley, 78227

Come write a letter to Santa, sip on some cocoa and get crafty this holiday season.


Kids Holiday Card Making

Tuesday, December 17 | 5PM – 6PM

Pruitt Branch Library, 5110 Walzem Road, 78218

Come join the fun as you prepare to spread holiday cheer with your own attractive, handmade holiday cards. Simple designs for little hands - all supplies provided.


Holiday Concert with the Fiesta City Chorus

Tuesday, December 17 | 6PM – 6:30PM

Cody Branch Library, 11441 Vance Jackson, 78230Join us for a Cody Library tradition - an evening of holiday music sung by the Fiesta City Chorus. Light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome.


Winter Holiday Program | Holiday Play with Santa and Mrs. Clause

Wednesday, December 18 | 3PM – 4:20PM

Forest Hills Branch Library, 5245 Ingram Rd.,78228

The Senior in Play (SIP) with perform a Holiday Play that includes Santa and Ms. Clause!  Meet the SIP actors and the Clauses! Light refreshments will be served.


Cinema Terrible: Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

Wednesday, December 18 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Central Library, 600 Soledad, 78205

This 1964 space-age holiday film is notable because it features the first on-screen appearance of Mrs. Claus. It also stars a young Pia Zadora in the role of a girl martian. Ms. Zadora would become a future winner of multiple Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Actress in the 1980s.


Evening of Holiday Ukulele Music

Wednesday, December 18 | 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Igo Branch Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., 78249

Celebrate the Holidays with beautiful all time Holiday favorites by Ukulele ladies & Gents of Lions Club, San Antonio.


Gift Wrapping Party

Thursday, December 19 | 6PM – 7PM

Memorial Branch Library, 3222 Culebra, 78228

Get in the holiday spirit by wrapping your Christmas gifts at the library! Bring your gifts, and we'll provide the gift wrap, bows, ribbon, and tissue paper. A limited number of gift boxes and bags will be provided, so bring your own if you like. Holiday music will be played during the program, so be ready to spread some cheer at the library!

Program is free to attend. Supplies are limited.


Sketchbook Club – Holiday and New Year’s Cards

Friday, December 20 | 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Pan American Branch Library | 1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221

Let’s hang out and draw. Bring your favorite drawing supplies or use ours.

For Teens and Adults

Theme- Holiday and New Year’s Cards


Movie Screening: Elf

Sunday, December 22 | 3PM – 4:30PM

Memorial Branch Library, 3222 Culebra, 78228

Join us for a classic Christmas flick!

Summary: A young orphan named Buddy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag and is transported back to the North Pole to be raised as an elf. Years later, Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York to find his true identity.

Starring Will Ferrell. Rated PG.


Anime Holiday Party

Sunday, December 22 | 3PM – 5PM

Pan American Branch Library | 1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221

Join us for anime themed holiday fun! There will be a Japanese music playlist, crafts, coloring, and treats. Feel free to cosplay and/or wear cute holiday accessories. All ages are welcome.


Family Holiday Hat Making

Monday, December 23 | 2PM – 4PM

Sunday, December 29 | 3PM – 5PM

Thursday, January 2 | 3PM – 5PM

Friday, January 3 | 2PM 4PM

Pruitt Branch Library, 5110 Walzem Rd., 78218

Have fun over the holidays making your own cool, winter hat while learning the basics of loom knitting. All supplies are provided; or you are welcome to bring your own. Registration starts Dec 7 either in person or by telephone. In order to complete the hat, you must attend a minimum of 3 sessions. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. Registrants may not bring guests, including children 9 years and younger.


Clay Christmas Ornaments

Monday, December 23 | 10AM – 12PM

Cortez Branch Library, 2803 Hunter Blvd., 78224

Personalize your own clay Christmas ornament! You'll receive a blank ornament to decorate with a variety of paint, beads and glitter and then you can take home your creation to put on your tree.


Holiday Film Screening: The Polar Express

Monday, December 23 | 4PM – 5PM

Johnston Branch Library, 6307 Sun Valley, 78227

The Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite for The Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.


Tweens Create – Holiday Snacks

Monday, December 23 | 4PM – 5PM

Encino Branch Library, 2515 E. Evans, 78259

Bring your friends and hang out for some interactive fun at the library. No desks. No tests. Just fun! Tweens will create a different craft at each session. This program is for nine to twelve year olds.


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