The Santa Monica Public Library Teen Advisory Council is presenting “Holiday Crafts and Cookies” for kids ages 4-12 this coming Saturday, December 8, from 2-4 p.m. at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. This event is free, open to all, no registration required.

Kids can make a gift or card, create something festive to adorn the library’s Teen Lounge, or decorate holiday cookies. If kids bring a new, unwrapped toy or book for the Connections for Children Holiday Angels program, they will receive a gift.

Donations for Holiday Angels are also being collected in the Main Library lobby and at all Santa Monica Public Library branches from Dec. 4-14. Again, we need new, unwrapped toys or books. Young adult (teen) books are particularly in demand.

Connections for Children is a childcare resource and referral agency serving low-income families. Toy and book donations are for its Holiday Angels program, which takes place in mid-December. Parents can “shop” for toys and books for their kids, and volunteers gift-wrap them and entertain the kids while the parents look for gifts. The Teen Council has been working with the Holiday Angels program for the past four years.

Submitted by Ivy Weston, Teen Services Supervisor, Santa Monica Public Library

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