The Charleston County Public Library offers the following free programs for children, teens and adults throughout the month of December.
-- Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930
The Artsy Smartsy Club: Weird Science (ages 6-11): Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Join the library for some science demonstrations.
PLAY: If You Give a Kid a Cookie: Holiday Cookie Decorating. Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Celebrate the season by decorating tasty treats.
Met Opera: "Siegfried" by Wagner. Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Runtime is 5 hours, 56 minutes.
Porkchop Productions Presents: "Christmas, the Measles and Me." 6 p.m. Dec. 12 and 10 a.m. Dec. 13.
Film Movement: "The Colors of the Mountain" (adults). Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated; 93 minutes.
Small Business Counseling with SCORE (adults): Dec. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free, confidential counseling for your start-up idea or existing business from the Charleston Coastal chapter of SCORE will be available in the Reference area on the second floor.
Great Books Discussion Group: Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and "The Custard Heart" by Dorothy Parker.
The Artsy Smartsy Club: Kids Cook (ages 6-11). Dec. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Join the library and make holiday treats for you and your closest friends and family.
-- John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.: 722-7550
Game On (grades 6-12): Dec. 8 and 29 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Play with board games, cards or work on a puzzle.
Junior Word Seekers (grades 6-12): Mondays, Dec. 12 and 19, all day. Challenge yourself to find every word on thematic Word Find puzzles for a prize.
Palettes and Playlists (all ages): Mondays, Dec. 12 and 19, all day. Celebrate great children's illustrators by creating art and exploring a different genre of music each week.
Trivia Tuesdays (all ages): Tuesdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27, all day. Stop by the service desk and answer a trivia question for a prize.
Midday Movie: "The Help" (adults). Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. Rated PG-13; 146 minutes.
Storybook Cinema: "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 90 minutes.
Word Play (grades 1-12): Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, all day. Challenge yourself to create as many words as you can, using only the letters in a given phrase. Prizes will be awarded.
Bilingual Story time (all ages): Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a festive story time experience in Spanish and English with Vamos Cantando.
Teen Trivia Contest: Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m. The top trivia winners of the week will face-off to win free movie tickets. Refreshments.
PLAY: Family Game Time (all ages). Dec. 10, all day. Sneak in reading, listening and thinking skills while spending quality time with the kids.
Tickle Me Story time (ages 3-5): Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Laugh out loud at the library with this fun story time.
Midday Movie: "Four Christmases" (adults). Dec. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Rated PG-13; 88 minutes.
Afterschool Cinema: "The Smurfs." Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 103 minutes.
-- Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.: 588-2001
Movie: "A Dennis the Menace Christmas." Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Rated G; 83 minutes.
PLAY: Reindeer Friends. Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Create a reindeer Christmas tree ornament from Popsicle sticks.
-- James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road: 795-6679
PLAY: Piecing the Puzzle (ages 8 and younger). Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Put together puzzles that are both fun and educational.
Movie Fun: "Winnie the Pooh" (all ages). Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Rated G; 63 minutes.
Holiday Jazz with Devone Gary (all ages): Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Listen and dance to the music of the season with saxophonist Devone Gary.
PLAY: Family and Friends Game Night (all ages). Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Play classic games with friends and family at the library.
-- Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway: 559-1945
Club Anime! (ages 12-19): Dec. 8 from 4:30-6 p.m. The viewing selection for this meeting will be "Bleach: Fade to Black."
PLAY with DAD: Who is Santa? (all ages). Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Everyone thinks they know Santa. Come to this storytime and find out Santa's true identity.
Saturday Movie Matinee: "The Zookeeper" (all ages). Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Rated PG; 90 minutes.
Porkchop Productions Presents: "Christmas, The Measles and Me" (all ages): Dec. 13 at 12:30 p.m. It's three days before Christmas and Santa has the measles.
Teen Movie Time: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (grades 6-12). Dec. 13 from 4:30-6:45 p.m. Rated PG-13; 130 minutes.