A child enjoys a Santa Claus visit at an Arapahoe Library holiday event. Credit: Photo courtesy of Margay Dean

This holiday season Arapahoe Libraries is hosting events at several locations throughout the district.

Holly Whelan, manager of community relations, said the events are free and open to all ages. 

“Patrons can enjoy a used book sale, musical performances, a New Year’s dance party and more,” said Whelan. “When the weather outside is frightful, you can also stay home and enjoy virtual events, including book parties for adults, kids and teens.”

The season will kick off with a used book sale of collectible and specialty books on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at Koelbel Library, located at 5955 S. Holly St. in Centennial. 

Whelan said on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the book sale there will be Santa visits as well as a performance by the Original Dickens Carolers. 

“The sale will feature a large selection of gift-quality books, holiday books, children’s books and more, all in top-notch condition,” Whelan said. “Come browse for holiday gifts and enjoy the festive music.” 

 The Arapahoe Libraries will host various holiday events throughout the season. Photo courtesy of Margay Dean 

Louise Richey, manager of community engagement, encourages people to visit the Koelbel Library Cafe for winter drink specials. 

Whelan said thanks to book sales, the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries are able to raise money for events and services. 

Whelan said another holiday event hosted by the libraries is “A Very Vintage Holiday Show” which features Mister Tim and the Denver Dolls. 

The event will be held Thursday Dec. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Embassy Suites DTC, located at 10250 E. Costilla Ave. in Centennial, for ages 10 years and older.

“Mister Tim and the Denver Dolls blend upbeat vocal harmonies and showmanship with favorite holiday tunes and a little bit of comedy,” Whelan said. “Their performance will take you back to the golden era of music and entertainment. Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be a cash bar onsite. Holiday attire is encouraged.” 

Additionally, the libraries are hosting a Happy Noon Year on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Smoky Hills Library at 5430 S. Biscay Circle in Centennial

“‘Happy Noon Year’ is a fun way for kids to ring in the new year without staying up past their bedtime,” Whelan said. “Enjoy winter treats, an outdoor dance party​ and a countdown to noon.” 

Whelan said there will also be virtual events for people to attend in addition to in-person events. 

Those virtual events include the following: 

Virtual Book Party: 2023 Favorite Books of the Year

When: Tuesday, Dec. 5

Where: YouTube

What: 2023 Favorite Kids and Teens Books of the Year

When: Tuesday, Dec. 12 

The Paper Airplane Guy

When: Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4-5 pm

“Library events are free and open to the public. Save your spot up to a month in advance on the Arapahoe Libraries website,” Whelan said. 

For more information people can visit arapahoelibraries.org or call 303-542-7279.

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