Branches of the Kanawha County Public Library have numerous open houses planned to celebrate the holiday season, many of which offer entertainment and crafts for children.
The first is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Nitro branch, with free cookies and punch.
Other events include:
St. Albans -- 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 with crafts, refreshments and a performance of "Cricket on the Hearth."
Sissonville -- 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 with refreshments, crafts and live entertainment.
Elk Valley -- 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 with refreshments and crafts.
Riverside High School Branch -- 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 with holiday music by the DuPont Middle School Chorus, crafts for the kids and a visit from Santa.
Cross Lanes -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 with music by the Andrew Jackson Middle School Choir, a giant gingerbread house to decorate and other crafts, along with a visit from Santa and refreshments.
Clendenin -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 where children are invited to decorate the library's tree, make crafts and enjoy music.
Dunbar -- 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 with music, story time with Santa and crafts.
Main Library -- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 after the Charleston Christmas parade. The Kanawha Kordsmen will provide seasonal music on the library plaza from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Local authors Sarah Sullivan and Marilyn Sue Shank will sign and sell copies of their books from 1 to 3 p.m.