Troutman library offers holiday crafts and fun throughout November

Posted at 3:16 PM on Oct 31, 2018



J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library is getting geared up for the holidays with a number of activities to create decorations and gifts to make the season more festive.

The library is also offering a little free extra help with homework in Thursdays in November. Parents or students can make an appointment to work with one of the library’s teen tutors on Thursdays (November 1, 8, 15, 29) from 4 to 6 p.m.

The staff also wants to remind patrons that the library is closed on Monday, November 12, for Veteran’s Day and November 22-24 for Thanksgiving, so stock up on holiday reading early!


Join staff for preschool story time every Friday (except November 23) at 11 a.m. for stories, songs and crafts. Great for ages 5 and under.

On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, parents and kids will enjoy Morning Movers story time, which is geared toward youngsters three and under. The session will include songs, rhymes, stories, and sensory play.


Family Game Night will involve a Murder Mystery on Thursday, November 1, at 5:30 p.m. Someone's been murdered in the library! Discover clues and solve the crime in this life-sized Clue game. This event is for all ages.

On Tuesday, November 6, enjoy movie night with Coco from 5 to 7 p.m. Rebellious 12-year-old musician Miguel Miguel cannot understand his family's ban on all music, especially when the greatest guitar player to ever live, Ernesto de la Cruz, is the town's deceased hero.

On the Day of the Dead, Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead, where a mischievous skeleton, Hector, leads him through the magical underworld to find a missing ancestor to solve the mystery before sunrise.

On Thursday, November 8, the family can enjoy Solo: A Star Wars Story from 4 to 6 p.m. This Ron Howard directed film tells the story of the young Hans Solo before he joined the rebellion.

Hans was a space pirate cruising around the galaxy with fellow outlaw and Wookie, Chewbacca. He also encounters Lando Calrissian, an accomplished smuggler and pilot with whom Hans has an unpredictable relationship.

On Saturday, November 17th, at 11 a.m., families can join in the Thanksgiving fun with an all ages STEM Story Time. Staff will read a holiday-themed story, followed by a craft where participants will experiment with making a floatable Mayflower boat.


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants will begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. For more information, visit

To help local folks who want to get involved in NaNoWriMo, the library is holding an Open Writer’s Workshop on Fridays (November 2, 9, 16, 30) from 4 to 5:45 p.m. At this walk-in writer's workshop, participants can meet fellow authors and gain insight on their progress, and discover writing advice and tips on how to keep themselves on track.

The adult Themes & Treats Book Club will read selections from the Battle of the Books competition in November. The Wednesday, November 14, meeting at 5:30 p.m. will feature Starbucks coffee and snacks as participants talk about their books. Choose a title from the club’s library display and join in this casual and fun book club.

The Adult Pinterest Craft Club will create Book Turkeys on Thursday, November 15, at 5:30 p.m. Folks have admired Tom the Turkey for the past two Thanksgivings, so now the staff will teach participants how to make one of their own.

Registration is required, so those interested should sign up at the front desk or call to reserve a spot.


A student service hours opportunity to make holiday cards will be on Saturday, November 3, at 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 20, at 4 p.m. Participants can earn some community service time to meet educational requirements as they create holiday cards to send out to the local retirement communities. This program is designed for tweens and teens.

On November 5, Maker Monday will feature LEGOs & Goldie Blox. Kids are invited to come build something with LEGOs or Goldie Blox and let their imaginations soar.

On Saturday, November 10, at 10 a.m., kids and their families can earn how to make a beautiful star ornament book from paper with book artist Sigrid Hice. This program, for ages 10 and up, requires advance registration. Sign up at the front desk or call to reserve a spot.

The Book Warriors will discuss Peg Kehret’s Runaway Twin on Tuesday, November 13, at 4 p.m. After book trivia with friends, participants will enjoy a pizza party. For a courtesy reminder for this program, kids can sign up at the front desk.

On Maker Monday on November 19, from 4 to 5 p.m., participants can create a Paper Plate Fall Wreath using simple supplies. This activity is geared toward ages 5 through18. For a sample, visit

On the November 26 Maker Monday, participants will enjoy working with Snap Circuits from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids can experiment with the basics of electric engineering in a fun environment. The staff has over 300 different projects from which they can choose

On Thursday, November 29, at 4 p.m., teens can create DIY Gifts. They will make a yummy treat, hot chocolate mixes for mason jars, and decorate them to give as gifts this holiday season.


To reserve a spot for a registration required program or just for more information, call (704) 528-2682 or visit the circulation desk at the Troutman Library at 215 W. Church Street.

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