The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative will host a New Year’s Countdown for Kids on Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m., for ages 5 to 7 and their caregivers. There will be trivia, giveaways, and a special reading. Register and attend for a chance to win free books and other prizes. Registration is online at HCPLC.org.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative will present “Celebrations Around the World: Winter Solstice” on Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m., for all ages. Participants can get a glimpse of the music, food, customs and culture of special occasions around the world. Register at HCPLC.org.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative will host a Winter Reading Mini Challenge from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2, for all ages. There will be a preview of the upcoming challenge on Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Participants can log their reading, claim digital badges, and win books. To be eligible to claim book prizes, participants must provide an address at registration. Register online HCPLC.Beanstack.org.
The Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, will host “Community, Carols and Cocoa” on Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., open to all family, friends and neighbors. There will be nativity displays, an animal petting area, a photo op in a ‘stable setting,’ fire pits to roast marshmallows and makes s’mores, and sip on hot chocolate. Guests can bring lawn chairs. Admission is free. For information, call the church at 813-948-2311.
The Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center, 12118 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa, will offer a class on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m., for teens in grades eight to 12. Participants can create a no-sew hand-tied fleece yeti plush. The event will include a look at global folklore surrounding winter, ice and snow. Registration is required online at PascoLibraries.org.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host a live nativity scene on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Guests can bring their own chairs. Handicap spaces will be available. There will be refreshments afterward. For information, visit DiscoverALC.com, or @ALCWC on Facebook.
The Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center, 12118 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa, will offer holiday gift wrapping, on Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, for all ages. Bring your gifts; all other supplies will be provided. Participants also can bring their own supplies. For information, call 727-815-7126.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative will host “Trivia Night: Winter Wonderland” on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., for teens and adults. Participants can test their knowledge of the season’s weather, holidays around the world, and festive food, music and movies. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. For a chance to win a prize, provide your address in the online registration, through the calendar feature, at HCPLC.org.
The New River Library staff will stop at the Zephyrhills Senior Center, at St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church, 5855 16th St., in Zephyrhills, on Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m., for book bingo. To register, visit PascoLibraries.org. For information, call 813-788-6375.
The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host a Guardian ad Litem volunteer orientation on Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m., for anyone interested in being the voice of a child in the foster care system. For information, call 813-788-6375.