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Decorate a Library Christmas Tree
Celebrate a Merry Library Christmas with a Unique Christmas Tree
With 30 years of library experience, I love the holiday season in the library. Decorating the library tree doesn't have to be a dreaded chore. Turn the tree into a focal point and a public relations asset.
I've gathered here a variety of ideas to make the library's Christmas tree special. Also included are some ways to reduce the work and the cost of this annual ritual.
(photo of Christmas tree by Virginia Allain)
Christmas Tree Made with Old Card Catalog Drawers
Get Outside Help Decorating the Library's Tree - Enlist the help of community groups to decorate the library's Christmas tree
Each year, ask a different community group (scouts, 4-H, garden club, Rotary, bird watchers, school groups) to decorate the library's Christmas tree. You need to contact them in October so they have time to vote on the project, get a committee working on it and get the decorations in place in early December. Make sure the theme of the tree gets your approval before the work gets too far along.
Make sure to publicize their efforts on the library's webpage and newsletter and in the local papers. Take a photo of the group decorating the tree, write a press release telling about their choice of decorations and invite the public to drop by to see the special Christmas tree.
Example of a Library Having Community Groups Decorate Trees - for Christmas
One advantage is it brings lots of traffic to the library during what can be a slow time of year. Each group promotes their tree decorating efforts so friends and family come to see it.
One disadvantage is it ties up the library's meeting room so you can't have programs or meetings during the tree display time.
Look for Christmas Ornaments with a Reading Theme - Here's one from Amazon
A natural theme for a library holiday tree is to decorate it with book characters. It's possible to find Alice in Wonderland tree ornaments and other storybook characters. Finding them is rather time consuming and can be expensive. Enlist the Friends of the Library group or some volunteers to work on this. Start some months in advance.
Curious George will be familiar to young and old.
Decorated Christmas Trees as a Library Fundraiser
The Orlando Free Library invited teens 13-18 to decorate a 3-foot Christmas tree. The decorated trees were on display at the library from Dec. 12-19. Raffle tickets were sold to people in the community at $1 each for a chance to win the tree they liked best. Decorating parties were held on 2 dates (after school). Some decorations were provided. Participants could also bring supplies of their choice. All proceeds will be used to purchase furniture for the Young Adult area in the Library. The drawing for the trees will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Need not be present to win.
- Bridgeville library to display best of Christmas tree festival
The Friends of the Library hold this Christmas tree festival each year as a fundraiser.
- Sponsor a Christmas tree - Pekin, IL - Pekin Daily Times
Article about the library's fund raiser with small Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths that people decorate. These are auctioned off to raise money.
- Christmas Tree Auction - FortLibrary.org
The library is holding an auction for 3 decorated Christmas trees. The trees were donated.
- Library to sponsor Christmas Tree Decorating contest | Adrian Journal
Adrian Community Library held a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest as a fundraiser. Participants received 3-foot trees to decorate. Later the trees were auctioned.
More Ideas for a Library Christmas Tree
- Lancaster Library Mitten Tree Project
The set set a new record for the number of mittens, scarves and warm hats collected and distributed to the needy in this annual project. The mittens are displayed on the Christmas tree in the children's area. Quite a few libraries have similar trees
- Delta College librarian constructs Christmas tree out of books
From a distance, it looks like a Christmas tree is adorning the main window inside the entrance to the Delta College Library. Upon further inspection, though, one will find that it's not a blue spruce or a Douglas fir, but rather a meticulous amalgam
Find Inspiration on Pinterest
Decorate with Storybook Characters
Look for Storybook Characters - Here are ornaments from Dr. Seuss
And since the Grinch movie came out, you'll have lots of admirers for these ornaments.
A Small Warning
Since some of the book character ornaments or local-themed ornaments are very appealing to library patrons, some might disappear. Some ornaments are fragile and easily broken by young admirers. It's best to put a tree with these ornaments in an inaccessible, but still viewable area.
Decorate a Tree with Wizard of Oz Characters
I love these characters. And you know, they usually run the Wizard of Oz on television in December.
Alice in Wonderland Ornament for a Christmas Tree in a Library
Who is peeking out from that big chair?
Another Set of Storybook Characters - Ornaments from Winnie the Pooh
These ornaments would look so great on a little tree for children.
Decorate with a Local Theme
Go with a Local Theme - Ornaments for a Florida Christmas Tree
Oh boy, can't have enough alligators, flamingos and seashells for this one.
Local Theme - Christmas Ornaments for a Texas Library
Think of things that symbolize Texas, then fill a Texas tree with cut-out figures of armadillos, cowboy boots, sombreros, chile peppers, howling coyotes and other Texas symbols like bluebonnets. Use lariat rope draped gracefully around the tree like a garland.
More Ideas for a Christmas Tree with a Local Theme or State Theme
- How to Decorate a Western-Theme Christmas Tree | eHow.com
If "Don't Fence Me In" is your favorite song and Patsy Montana your ideal of a cowboy's sweetheart, why not bring the West inside with a cowboy tree?
- How to Create a Hawaiian Theme Christmas Tree | eHow.com
Add a tropical flare to a traditional Christmas tree with Hawaiian themed decorations. Make your own Hawaiian themed ornaments from old fashioned salt dough and inexpensive party supplies.
Make It a Library Wish Tree
The Library Christmas Tree as a Wish List
Cut out pictures of book covers from publisher's catalogs (or print them out from Amazon). These should be titles that the library would like to add to the collection. Glue them onto paper or cardboard Christmas ball shapes. On the back of each put the price of the book. Hang these on the Christmas tree.
Put a sign explaining that the library needs angels in the community to buy the books on the Wish Tree. Tell them to bring the book ornament that they choose to the check out desk and make a donation for the amount needed to buy the book.
Glue a new backing to the paper ornament and write "Thank You to Lori Adams for buying this book for the library." Return it to the tree so others can be inspired by their donation and to give that donor some recognition.
Publicize the library's wish tree in the newspaper and in the library's blog and other places.
I Love My Library Ornament
I Love My Library Ornate Ornament Librarian Gift by booklovergifts
Hold a Program to Make Ornaments and Decorate the Tree
This can be a children's program or one for adults. At the program, the participants make the ornaments demonstrated by the staff member or volunteer who is leading the program. Have everyone make several of the craft ornaments and place them on the Christmas tree.
How about this pine cone pixie! You'll need small pine cones, acorns, markers, felt, scissors and glue. Everyone will have a great time.
Instructions for the Pine Cone Pixie Ornament
- Make a Pine Cone Pixie Ornament
Using acorns and pine cones, make an easy pixie ornament for the Christmas tree. It's cute and oh, so simple.
Do Christmas Trees Belong in Libraries? - A dissenting opinion
Because Christmas is a religious holiday, some people feel it should not be celebrated in government supported places such as a library or city hall. This is something for you to consider before making your plans. Some libraries decorate only with non-religious, generic holiday decorations for this reason.
- Undecking the halls: why Christmas decorations do not belong in public library spaces.: An article f
Amazon.com: Undecking the halls: why Christmas decorations do not belong in public library spaces.: An article from: Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services: Tonya Lewis