December Events


Holiday Closings

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Make Your Own Holiday Cards

Monday, December 2nd

5-7 pm

Relax with some hot cocoa and create your own beautiful, handmade holiday cards. Blank cards and embellishing supplies will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own as well.

Stitching & More

Wednesday, December 4th &

Wednesday, December 18th

1-4 pm

Stitch your heart out at RVDL. Bring your current project

(stitching or otherwise) and enjoy crafting

with a creative community.

Ornament Creations with Linda Willoughby

Thursday, December 5th

6-7 pm

Create a unique Christmas ornament with Linda Willoughby.

A sample will be at the front desk of the

library to view prior to the class.

Registration Required

Christmas Open House

Friday, December 6th

All Day:

Drinks, Treats, Chat with the Librarians!

Beginning at 5 pm:

Caroling, Wood Carvers, Crafts,

Bake Sale, and More!

The Legend of St. Nicholas

Friday, December 6th

5:30-7:30 pm

The Old English Father Christmas

tells the stories of St. Nicholas,

who has been the protector

of children throughout the ages.

Learn about the origins of

the various St. Nicholas characters

around the world, as well as popular

Christmas symbols and traditions.

Father Christmas will be available

after the program for photos.

Take a stroll down Main Street to check out the Village of Port Byron's Christmas Walk on December 6th from 5-8 pm.

Farmer's Market

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month

(December 7th & 12th)

9 am - 12 pm

The Port Byron Farmers' Market will be

spending the winter at RVDL!

Come check out the amazing

locally handmade products,

and support local small businesses!

Anyone interested in having a booth is invited to

contact the library for more information!

World War II Lecture Series

Tuesday, December 10th

1400-1500 (2-3 pm)

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum will be finishing

their WWII Lecture Series this month.

We will hear about the Ardennes Counteroffensive,

also known as The Battle of the Bulge.

Last-Minute Gifts Workshop

Friday, December 13th

5-7 pm

Scrambling for a last-minute gift?

Let the library help!

We will create several small gifts for

you to take home, as well as

provide many more quick gift ideas!

Registration Required

Free Family Portraits

Saturday, December 14th


Individuals and families are invited to

have their photos taken for free at RVDL.

You MUST call to register for a 15-minute time slot.

Photos will be sent out via email the following week.

Only one time slot per person/family, please.

Lean In Circle

Thursday, December 19th

12-1:30 pm

Lean in circle members work together to educate and

encourage its members on the important role of being a woman

in our community and how we can further

female growth in leadership, entrepreneurship,

and especially friendship.

Participants are welcome to bring their own

lunch, snacks, and drinks.

Beginner Bullet Journals

Thursday, December 19th

5-6 pm

Learn about bullet journals and create your own

basic spread to help you organize your life!

Registration Required

DIY Bath Bombs

Friday, December 20th

5-7 pm

Make your own fun, fizzy bath bombs at RVDL.

Participants will be able to create up to 3 different bath bomb recipes and take them home that night!

Registration Required

Recurring Events

Meetings This Month

Staff Picks

Jade is watching

Country Music on DVD

by Ken Burns

(PG, approx. 16 hrs).

As a life-long country music lover and a huge fan of everything Ken Burns, I was incredibly excited to hear he was making this! It's a lot to watch all at once, so I'm so glad I can check it out and watch it in pieces as I have time. I love his interviews with those who lived the stories he tells, as well as all of the archival footage that he strings together to tell the story of how country music came to be.

River Valley District Library

Library Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday: Closed