Events and activities at the City Island Library this December

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There’s a ton of programming in December at the City Island Library.
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The following is a list of events and activities taking place at City Island Library this December.

Shelf Help: Tell us your reading interests and we’ll pick five books for you! Fill out the online form or call and ask NYPL to receive reads handpicked for you based on your interests. 

December-January Children’s Programs

Family Storytime: This event will take place in person at City Island. Join us for a live program with songs, rhymes and favorite read-aloud books as we show you that story time is fun for the whole family. Limited to 15 children and caregivers per session. Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m.

Start with Art: Promote early literacy through art, while getting creative! Young artists will explore colors, shapes and more while working on motor skills — and creating some fun crafts along the way. Limited to 12 children and caregivers per session. First come, first serve. Mondays at 11 a.m.

Books and Bites: Every week, come together to read the selected book while enjoying some snacks! Ages 10-14. Mondays at 4 p.m.

Spanish Storytime: It is Spanish story time! Gather your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy stories, rhymes and fun!/¡Tiempo de Lectura para niñxs! ¡Media hora de cuentos cortos, rimas, música, y diversión! First come, first serve.  Limited to 15 children and caregivers per session. Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Saturday Storytime: Join us for a live program with songs, rhymes and favorite read-aloud books as we show you that story time is fun for the whole family. Limited to 15 children and caregivers per session. Ages birth-4 on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m.

December-January Teen and Tween Programs

Twisted Stitches:  A teen/tween knitting, crochet, and needlework club! Bring your own project to work on in a calm, relaxed environment, or use our materials to learn a new skill. Every Thursday at 3 p.m.

Teen Unwind: Celebrate the end of the week every Friday at 3 p.m.

Learn a Language with Mango:  Dec. 2

Activism Through Art: Dec. 9

Card-Making Workshop Dec. 16 

Unplug & Relax Dec. 23 and 30 

Maker Club: Jan. 6

Drawing Twins: Jan. 13

Unplug & Relax: Jan. 20

Wild Collages: Jan. 27

Goal Getters: Learn how to manage your time, set realistic goals, and plan for how to meet those goals — for teens and young adults on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.

How Do I Study? Studying is a part of school, from 1st grade to college graduation — but where do you start and how? Come chat about research tips, information retention, making time to study, and more! For ages 16-24. Saturday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m.

December-January Adult Programs

Introduction to Computers: Join our computer class, with a different subject being taught each week. Subjects will include Internet literacy, social media, video chatting and more. All work will be conducted on our library computers. No registration required. Call us for details on upcoming subjects. Thursday, Dec. 1 & 15 and Jan. 5 & 19 at 11 a.m.

Adult Coloring: Have you been feeling more stressed than usual lately? The City Island Library will be hosting a bi-weekly adult coloring program to help relieve that stress and promote calmness. Coloring materials will be provided. Thursday, Dec. 8 & 22 and Jan. 12 & 26 at 11 a.m.

Spanish Café: Online Advanced Spanish Conversation Hour: This program will provide a relaxed space for Spanish language students to practice their conversational skills by discussing art, film, culture and more exciting topics, as well as getting answers about the language itself. Coffee or tea encouraged! Every Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.. 

City Island Book Club: Every month, a new title will be chosen and copies will be available for pickup on a first come, first serve basis. Call us for details on what we’re reading next. Monday, Dec. 5 & 19 and Jan. 9 & 23 at 5 p.m. 

Island Writers: Do you have a passion for writing? Join us for our Island Writers, a creative writing group. This group is for writers of different levels and expertise. We are here to help one another on the journey of self-expression and creativity! Every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

For any or all programs listed, please go to or call 718-885-1703 for more details and to register. Programs are subject to change.

The City Island Library is located at 320 City Island Ave. and is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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