Happy holidays at the Huron Public Library

HURON — The Christmas holiday season is merry and bright at the Huron Public Library,  with many activities for all ages.
 Here is a calendar of the holiday events:
• Dec. 4 — Find Elf on the Shelf, an activity enjoyed by adults and kids. Monday Morning Movies, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. will be viewing “Miracle on 34th Street.”
• Gingerbread House Decorating contest will be from Dec. 4-15. For all age categories, first place prizes awarded for Most Original, Most Creative and Best use of Christmas theme. The Library will provide the gingerbread house required for the contest. Talk to Glenda for more information.
• Dec. 6 — Lalapalooza will be showing the movie “Polar Express” to children kindergarten through fifth grade.  
• Dec. 7 — The annual Make & Take Christmas Ornament from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and Santa will be visiting.
• Dec. 11 — Adult crafts will be making a decorative Christmas tree. Classes are held at 2 and 6 p.m.
• Dec. 22 — The middle school and high school youth are invited to a holiday party at 5:30 p.m.  A Christmas movie will be shown on the ceiling. Teens are asked to wear their ugly pajamas, bring pillows and sleeping bags, a potluck dish to pass and a $5 gift exchange. Be ready for a laid-back way to enjoy holiday favorites.
• Week of Dec. 26 — the Children’s Department will be hosting a movie each day at 1:30 p.m. in the Children’s area.
• Dec. 28 — The Library is collaborating with the Center for Independence in a Bridge Event with sixth- through 12th-grade patrons. Participants will pair up and paint half of two friendship paintings. The paintings can stand alone or create a larger scene with both together. This event is limited to 10 youth. Sign up online at the library.huronsd.com or call the library at 353-8530, ask for Mary.
• Dec. 30 — The public is invited to attend the Take 3 Film Festival. The Library is excited to host Take 3, a Teen Scene Film Festival competition for youth grades six through 12.
“A film festival is a way to challenge our youth to be creative, work together and teach a different method of technology,” said Teen Librarian Mary Olson. “Our youth enjoy comparing books with movies, and through this venue, they discover the challenges of creating a storyline that others desire to view.”
The theme this year is action. The entry deadline is 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18.
All entries must follow the written guidelines, which are available at the library and online at library.huronsd.com.
Viewing of the entries and the winners will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 30. The films will be posted online for People’s Choice votes. Prizes of Huron Bucks will be awarded for Best Film $100, Best Cinematography $50, Best-Written $50 and People’s Choice $50.
The film entries will be shown on the big screen Friday, Dec. 29, courtesy of Huron Luxury Cinema, as a preview to a featured show.
For more information about these and other programs stop by the Huron Public Library or phone 353-8530. Visit Facebook or libraryhuronsd.com.

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