Dashing through the holidays at the library

Now that our bellies are full of turkey and our wallets are a little lighter after Black Friday, the focus officially shifts to the Christmas and holiday season. The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has everything you need to get ready for the season.

Need decorating tips? Check out one of our many books on decorating for the holidays.

Want to find a brand-new recipe to wow your family with? We have plenty of cook books.

Christmas music? Check.

Cheesy Christmas movies? We have those too.

Holidays stressing you out and you want to get the whole family out of the house? We even have you covered there. In addition to our regular storytime schedule and monthly programs, we have a few special holiday programs you don’t want to miss.

Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m., the Junior Library will be hosting “Make a Gingerbread (Style) House!” Families can make a house out of graham crackers and decorate with whatever you want! We will provide the “glue,” and you just bring one box of graham crackers and your decorations. Have some old Halloween candy left? Bring it along to decorate your house. Decorations also can be cereal, marshmallows … whatever you want. We just ask that you don’t bring any colored sugar. Families can register for a start time of 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

The biggest single event that the library puts on every year is Operation Elf: A Community Christmas Party. This year, Operation Elf takes place 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2 right here at the library. Operation Elf features games, crafts, food, entertainment, and best of all — Santa.

Santa Claus is to pose for photos and hand out a gift to everyone who sees him. Please prepare to get in line as early as possible if you want a photo with Santa. From there, children can begin their “Elf Training” by doing various fun activities. There will be holiday games and crafts in the Junior Library, Christmas storytelling, refreshments provided by Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center’s culinary arts and hospitality management class, face painting by Tiffin Middle School art students and members of Columbian choir will be singing festive tunes for all to enjoy. There will even be a fun magic show at 3 p.m. Magician Jeff Wawrzaszek from A2 Magic will dazzle the crowd with skillful sleight-of-hand magic, laugh-a-minute audience participation and more. You don’t want to miss this festive treat for the whole family.

Operation Elf is sponsored by the National Machinery Foundation.

For the most up-to-date information about library happenings, please call the library at 419-447-3751, find us on Facebook, or visit www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.

Kayleigh Tschanen is the community relations manager at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.