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Brainerd Memorial Library: December 2019 Activities & Events

Submitted by Laurie Gardner and Marissa Lehmacher.


Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping objects

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., Elizabeth Van Ness will be teaching “Furoshiki,” the Japanese art of wrapping objects in cloth. This elegant and ecological art is used for both practical carrying of objects and for presentation of gifts. Participants will learn how to wrap items such as bottles, books and packages to offer as gifts. We will also make a shopping bag to carry on the shoulder and a double book wrap to carry books or binders. Participants do not need to bring materials. All materials will be provided. You only need to be able to fold and tie a basic overhand knot to participate.

“Osaki-san,” William Gillette’s Gentleman Valet

 The new one act play on the life of Yukitaka Osaki, who was William Gillette’s Gentleman Valet, will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. 

It was 1888 when Yukitaka Osaki and his older brother, Yukio, came to visit the US from Japan. Yukio went on to become a leader in Japanese politics, and would give Washington D.C. the famous “Cherry Trees.” Yukitaka, however, decided to stay. Discover the story of William Gillette’s valet who is also the elusive brother behind the famous politician Yukio. Yukitaka Osaki lived from the Victorian era through the turn of the century and both World Wars. Poignant and life affirming, here is what you will learn from Yukitaka about Victorian actor William Gillette, creator of the role of Sherlock Holmes.


Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime takes place every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Join us for themed stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.

Saturday Storytime

Can’t make preschool storytime during the week? Join us on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.

Music with Margie

In December, Music with Margie will meet on the following Thursdays: the 5th & the 19th.   The theme for December is “Winter Holidays”. Margie’s multi-sensory program builds skills on a bi-weekly basis, in order for children to reach the developmental goals they need to enter kindergarten. Margie brings items for children to play with such as beanbags, scarves, puppets, and instruments. Music with Margie is appropriate for children ages 2 to 6.

Toddler Tunes

Toddler Tunes is a music and movement program for toddlers and their caregivers. Join us to sing nursery rhymes, dance, make music, and read a simple story. Tuba Kelly brings a different musical instrument each week. Get ready to hear the guitar, saxophone, trombone and, of course, her signature tuba. In December, Toddler Tunes will take place on the following Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.: the 12th and 26th. Appropriate for children ages 1 to 3, but siblings are always welcome.

LEGO™ Club

Like playing with Legos? Come build with us! Each month will feature one unique theme and one free build. Lego creations will be put on display until the next session.   Lego Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Puzzle Club

Come put your skills to the test with challenges such as tangrams, pentominoes, and word puzzles. Stimulate your brain, sharpen your problem-solving skills, and learn effective strategies to impress your friends in Tetris. Puzzle club meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Appropriate for ages 8 -12.

Children’s Holiday Party

Our Children’s Holiday Party will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here at 11:30 a.m. to read stories, take photos, and spread holiday cheer!   Make holiday crafts and enjoy a sing-a-long. Come one, come all and join in the festivities! Refreshments will be served.


Teen Advisory Board

Thursday, December 12th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  What can your library do for YOU?  Voice your ideas for improved YA services, help plan events and activities in the Teen Lounge, help develop the YA collection, assist with Children’s programming and so much more! New members are always welcome! For more information please contact Kristen at

Gingerbread House Wars

Our popular gingerbread house competition is back for the 3rd year in a row!  On Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. drop in to create a gingerbread house and enter it into our contest, winner receives a small prize and bragging rights until next year. Library patrons will vote for their favorite on Facebook & Instagram the week following the event so be sure to follow us to have your vote counted. This program is for ALL AGES, and no registration is required! All materials will be provided. Get ready for WAR!

*Registration is not required for programs unless specified in the description.*




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