Connect with your kids: A DIY Guide to Holiday Gift Giving @ your library

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The holidays can be tricky for everyone when it comes to gift giving. It can be especially hard for  children and teens who might want to give friends and family great gifts but rely on allowance to get the job done.  Why not check out the library for gift giving ideas?

In a world of DIY, homemade gifts are becoming more and more popular. Here are just some examples of what libraries  around the country are doing this year.

Denver teens and their friends will be sure to save money and stay warm this year. In partnership with Fresh City Life, the library offers a knitting night each week throughout November.   Teens learn how to knit a new fashionable item, including fingerless gloves, berets, reusable coffee sleeves, cowls and scarves.

The St. Louis Public Library recommends making ornaments as a cost-effective art project for children, teens and adults.  Ornaments make great family keepsakes or as special gifts for relatives.  

Looking for a sweet gift? The Winnefox Library System of Oshkosh, Wisconsin has a tasty idea in a cookie recipe exchange, during which families bring in their favorite cookie recipes to swap and share with others.  Select a few new, simple recipes that you and your kids can bake together and decorate at home. Speaking of decorating, the library also recommends decorating plain canisters, jar or tins to give your gift a personal touch.

The Queens Library hosts classes where children learn how to make their own cards and wrapping paper, showing that sometimes as much thought goes into the outside of the gift as the inside.

Visit your local library to see what it offers in the way of special holiday-themed DIY classes.

For more ideas on how you can spend quality family time with your kids during the holidays and throughout the year, check out the Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide.

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