Holidays Around the World

From Diwali celebrations to Brazilian New Year, Oak Park library staff love sharing their own winter holiday traditions with you in our annual—and now virtual, on-demand—Holidays Around the World! In addition to stories, videos, and photos, you’ll find related music, games, and stories for families to explore. Click the play button below to start celebrating with us!

This year we have two new stories, one from Miss Sarah, who shared her family’s Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations and book recommendations, and another from Miss Nora, who shared her Mexican family traditions and holidays.

And one great thing for kids to experience: Even some people who celebrate the same holidays do it in different ways. No matter how much they love their own family’s celebrations, other people’s ways are equally important to them. Realizing that is a powerful part of developing empathy.

Holidays Around the World display in the Main Library Idea Box with banners for Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa

Want more? Try these activities

View an in-library display: Throughout December, see a special Holidays Around the World display in the Main Library Idea Box (pictured above) and at the Dole Branch Library (see photos below)!

Listen to stories: Hear some of your favorite librarians read seasonal and holiday tales on Dial-a-Story. We also have stories that support big emotions, including three different kinds of mindful moments for stressful times, as well as books on kindness, sadness (because big excitements can lead to big emotional crashes!) and disappointments. Call 708.816.2800 to start listening and see the 18 stories available this month »

Make this craft: Create paper snowflakes to celebrate winter with this template designed by Miss Margaret: Download the instructions (pdf) and the snowflake template (pdf) »

Watch the video: Check out a new video—focusing on the need for all people to find light in the dark wintertime—with Miss Shelley below!

Light in the Winter

The nights get longer as we get closer to the winter solstice: It’s dark later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon. Many people celebrate holidays in December and other winter months using lights to make the dark weeks brighter.

Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa displays at Dole Branch

Hannukah display
Christmas display at Dole Branch
Kwanzaa display

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