Celebrate the holiday season with fun, free events at Omaha Public Library

The holidays can sometimes leave you feeling like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. Don’t forget to take some time to slow down and enjoy the best the season has to offer. Omaha Public Library (OPL) can help with fun, free, pre-planned programs and activities for all ages to enjoy, including music, crafts, open houses, and even visits with Santa! In the listings, a designation of RR means that registration is required. There may be age recommendations for some events. Daycare groups planning to attend an event are asked to call the hosting location in advance. Visit omahalibrary.org or call your local branch for more information.

Holiday hours: Nov. 22 – all locations closed (except W. Dale Clark Main Library open 5:30-7 p.m. for holiday lights ceremony); Nov. 23 – all locations closed; Dec. 24 – all locations close at 3 p.m.; Dec. 25 – all locations closed; Dec. 31 – all locations close at 6 p.m. (except W. Dale Clark Main Library, open until 8 p.m. for fireworks viewing); Jan. 1 – all locations closed

Crafts

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 3-4 p.m.: DIY Holiday Gifts at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848, RR
  • Saturday. Dec. 1, noon-2 p.m.: Holiday Crocheting at Millard Branch, RR
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2-3 p.m.: DIY Travel Tin Toys at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2-3:30 p.m.: Teen Gift Wrapping Competition at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 5:30-6:45 p.m.: Tween Hangout – Light Up Cards at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 11-11:30 a.m.: Make & Give Holiday Cards at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Teen Hangout – Button Making at South Omaha Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2-3 p.m.: “Nailed It/Failed It” Holiday Snack Edition at A.V. Sorensen Branch, RR
  • Dec. 11-14, 4-5:30 p.m.: Holiday Craft Week at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: DIY Holiday Cards and Gift Bags at A.V. Sorensen Branch
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 11-11:30 a.m.: Make & Give Pet Toys at Saddlebrook Branch
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3-4 p.m.: DIY Holiday Gifts at Millard Branch, RR
  • Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: DIY Fruit Pom-Poms at A.V. Sorensen Branch
  • Friday, Dec. 14, 3:15-5 p.m.: Teen Food & Fun – Gingerbread Houses at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800
  • Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Holiday Craft Day at Benson Branch
  • Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Gingerbread Houses at South Omaha Library, RR
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18. 4:30-6:30 p.m.: DIY Holiday Cards and Gift Bags at A.V. Sorensen Branch
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 11-11:30 a.m.: Make & Give Thank You Cards at Saddlebrook Branch

Parties & Santa Visits

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Morning with Santa at Saddlebrook Branch
  • Sunday, Dec. 2, noon-5 p.m.: Holiday Lights Family Festival at W. Dale Clark Main Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon: Tiny Tot Santa Party at A.V. Sorensen Branch
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2-3:30 p.m.: Afternoon with Santa at Florence Branch
  • Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Holiday Craft & Santa Claus Visit at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
  • Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Hogwarts Holiday Lock-In at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, RR
  • Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Christmas Party at Millard Branch, RR
  • Saturday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Noon Year’s Eve at Saddlebrook Branch
  • Monday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-noon: Noon Year’s Eve Party at Millard Branch, RR

Live Holiday Music

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-noon: Holiday Music with Cecilia Jensen at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851
  • Monday, Dec. 10, 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Holiday Music with Omaha South Magnet High School Chamber Choir at South Omaha Library

Storytimes

  • Monday, Dec. 10, 10-10:30 a.m.: Holiday Toddler Storytime at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10-10:30 a.m.: Holiday Family Storytime at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Music & Movement Jingle Bells Storytime at W. Dale Clark Main Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-noon: Gingerbread Preschool Storytime at W. Dale Clark Main Library
  • Monday, Dec. 24, 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Christmas Eve Family Storytime at Milton R. Abrahams Branch
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: New Year’s Preschool Storytime at W. Dale Clark Main Library
  • Monday, Dec. 31, 10:30-11:15 a.m.: New Year’s Eve Family Storytime at Milton R. Abrahams Branch

Kwanzaa

  • Thursday, Dec. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.: Kwanzaa – Past, Present and Future at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849

Visit omahalibrary.org or your neighborhood branch for information about additional programs and services offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.