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Christmas Closings and Programming Reminders at the Library

Posted 12/20/21

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The Library will be closed Friday, December 24, for Christmas Eve and Saturday, December 25, for Christmas Day.

We will reopen for normal operating hours Monday, December, 27.

Programming reminders:

This week is the last week of Children's programming for the year.

Toddler Time:
On Monday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 am, at Berry Merry Toddler Time, we will read a book about a bear who waited up for Santa, I've Seen Santa! by David Bedford.

Story Time:
For older kids, on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Dec. 22, we'll continue our Beary Merry Christmas, reading Bear Stays Up For Christmas and making a bear ornament. 

Last Toddler Time of the Year Last Story Time of the year

Lunch With Books:

Lunch With Books Holiday ProgramTuesday. December 21, we will have holiday program, our Second Annual Simple Life with Don Feenerty and musical guests, Faire May. Back by popular, last year’s online broadcast of "The Simple Life a Foxfire Christmas" broke Library online attendance records with viewers from as far away as Ireland.

Feenerty’s unique view on life, that he calls the Simple Life is an easy to follow and enjoyable philosophy based on contentment and making do with what you have. Feenerty, a life long Ohio Valley resident grew up in South Wheeling and now lives on a farm in rural Belmont County, Ohio where he claims the simple spirit of Appalachia is what rules his daily life. 

Feenerty has spent his entire adult life working as a creative. For over thirty-five years he owned and operated a successful commercial photography business but is equally known for his creative writing and story telling. Feenerty promises to share with guests a recent story that he wrote for the show, titled “The Christmas Ghost of Hart Road” a story seventy years in the making. Feenerty claims, “with all my stories there is a little bit of truth mixed in with a lot of fiction.” “It’s the job of the listener to decide what parts are true,” Feenerty added.

The show will also showcase simple and memorable gifts from Feenerty’s life and gifts you can make yourself. He will also dedicate part of the show to making the most of what you have in a demonstration on how to take one simple worn out item and create many memorable family heirlooms, gifts to last a lifetime. 

Featured throughout the show will be performances by Feenerty’s musical friends, Farie May, who will be playing traditional holiday music in their old-time style. The show will conclude with vocal artist, Jariel Henthorn singing Ave Maria in Latin, accompanied by Zac Gordon on the violin. 


People's U, Class 4, will be held Tues., Dec 21This week's People's U: The Cold War class will be held TUESDAY NIGHT, Dec. 21st, at 7 pm. 

Dr.  Hal Gorby, professor of history at WVU, will lead us in Class 4, "The Second Red Scare." With the fear of the Soviet Union came a related fear of communism at home.  While often associated with Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, an anti-Communist movement took shape, influencing politics, Hollywood, labor unions, and the daily lives of Americans worried about the influence of communism all around them.  This class will examine how this time period could both be an age of economic security as well as heightened paranoia about the “Red Menace.”

Next week, the People's U class schedule will return back to normal, with Class 5, More Bombs, Bigger Bombs, Better Bombs with Dr. Gary Kappel, held Thurs., Dec. 30, at 7 pm. 

New Year's Closings:

Library Closed for New Year's Eve and New Year's DayThe Library will be closed Friday, December 31, for New Year's Eve and Saturday, January 1, for New Year's Day.

Normal Library hours will resume in the new year, Monday, January 3, 2022. 


Remember, even when we are closed, you always have access to our digital offerings online. Download e-books, stream audiobooks, watch videos, listen to music, browse magazines, take some classes, and more, all from the comfort of our house. 

Get your Christmas music online with your OCPL library card:

Christmas Music Albums available through Hoopla Digital

Through HooplaDigital and your library card, you have over 1000 Christmas albums available immediately with no wait lists. With Hoopla, you get 10 check outs per month. You can download entire albums to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. They stay on your device for one week, and then are automatically return to Hoopla at the end of the 7-day period.

Still have a CD player? The Library has over 50 holiday CDs available to check out. 

Take home B. E. Taylor's 1994 "Christmas" album, or Christmas favorites from Bing Crosby, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, the Supremes, the Canadian Brass, and more.  OCPL card holders get to check out CDs for two weeks with the option to renew up to two times if no holds are placed on the materials. 

—> View all the holiday CDs available at the Library

Like a cozy Christmas Romance? 

Check out our Christmas fare at the Library. Prefer large print? Check out these holiday titles. Or maybe you're up for a Christmas mystery. Give some of these books a try. Our Christmas Mysteries come in large print as well

And don't forget our ebooks and audiobooks. Check out your Christmas reads with WVDeli and Hoopla Digital

Christmas titles through WVDeli Christmas Titles through Hoopla Digital

Happy Holidays!

We hope this holiday season brings you glad tidings of joy and a happy new year.

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