@Your Batavia Public Library: Holiday fun at the library

The Batavia Public Library wishes you a happy Thanksgiving!

If after the feasting you are feeling that you need to walk off a few of those holiday calories, your family can stop by the library’s Reading Garden for a self-paced Story Stroll from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Walk the path and enjoy reading pages from “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie” by Alison Jackson. The story is based on the classic song about the old woman who swallowed a fly. Only in this clever retelling the lady attends a Thanksgiving dinner and swallows a pie, then a whole squash, all the salad and then an entire turkey. This surprising and humorous tale will add to your holiday festivities and get you out for a little fresh air.

Perhaps in the past you have attempted to construct that DIY Christmas favorite, a gingerbread house. With melted icing, cracked gingerbread walls or a sunken roof, you’ve not been able to create your dream house. Well, this year Chef Michael Niksic has come to your rescue. He provides the recipe, shares his secrets and demonstrates each step of building an “Uber-Cool Gingerbread House.” No registration is necessary. Watch the video anytime beginning Dec. 1 on our YouTube channel. The video is for all skill levels.

Playing games with friends is a favorite holiday tradition. Teens and young adults of all abilities are invited to Inclusion Game Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. We’ll play board games and card games in a relaxed setting at the library. Teen volunteers are welcome to come as helpers. To ensure that we can provide social distancing, please register using our online calendar.

Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Friends Book Sale and Vintage Book Sale return from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. You never know what you will find on the sales table. The fun is in the hunt! You’ll find vintage and gift-quality books available upstairs in the large meeting room. At the same time, the Friends will host their regular monthly book sale in the FriendSpace on the lower level of the library.

Take a break from holiday decorating and reminisce about childhood Christmas music traditions with Heather Braoudakis at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Since you’ll be watching from home, go ahead and sing along with Heather on songs such as “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Nuttin’ for Christmas” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” No registration is required for this festive event. Go to at the 2 p.m. concert time.

Patricia Leonard is the promotional services manager for the Batavia Public Library. The “@ Your Library” column runs on the fourth Thursday of each month.