December 2022 Overview

Highlights at the Library 

With so much to do this month, here is a quick snapshot of what we’ve got going on. 


Baba’s Reading Circle

December 3, 2022

81st Avenue branch 

We started the month off strong with some father lead storytime! 81st Ave branch partnered with Dads Evoking Change and KQED columnist, Pendarvis Harshaw, to put on Baba’s Reading Circle. We brought fathers, father figures, and other caregivers of the Bay Area together to change the narrative of literacy in our communities. This event featured book giveaways with books from Black and brown authors, free and healthy food, and free $25 Amazon gift cards to the first 20 fathers/children. (Click here to see how it went.)


Winter Books Sale

December 2022 

'Tis the season of gift giving and curling up under soft blankets with a good book and hot tea. The Friends of the Elmhurst Library are sponsoring their winter book sale at the Elmhurst branch this month meaning that you can get a whole bag of books for ONE DOLLAR. While you’re loading up your own book shelves with this unbelievable sale, you might as well grab up some books as holiday gifts too. 


Winter Crafts

December 2022 

Various dates and locations 

Gingerbread houses, wind chimes, paper stars, and pom pom snow people! These are great crafts to keep kids busy on rainy days. 


Winter Reading Bingo

December 17, 2022 – January 29, 2023  

All library locations 

Starting December 17th, children (ages 0 – 14) can join our Winter Reading Bingo! To play, pick up a bingo card at your local library branch (also available in Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese) or sign up with Beanstack. Complete any five activities in a row before January 29th 2023 and redeem your rewards! 

Kindred, Hulu series, inspired book list

December 13, 2022  


The long-awaited release of Kindred, the Hulu series, is happening on December 13th. Octavia Butler’s Kindred has become increasingly popular in high school and college classrooms for its social and political relevancy in regards to the history of slavery in the U.S. and its impacts on Black Americans today. Paying tribute to Butler’s timeless novel, we'll be releasing a list of read-a-likes and other related titles on Instagram, Facebook, and our website soon.

Best Books of 2022 – Submitted by You!

Last day to submit: December 24, 2022


Curious about what other library-goers are reading? Submit up to three of your favorite books (YA, non-fiction, fiction, graphic novel, etc.) published in 2022 and tell us a little bit about why you loved these reads. We’ll compile and publish the list in early January on our Instagram, Facebook, and website. 


Happy holidays!