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December 2022 Featured Programs and Events at West Florida Public Libraries

Published Nov 23, 2022

Below is a list of featured events occurring in December at West Florida Public Libraries in Escambia County. For more information about library events, contact the Pensacola Library at (850) 436-5060. Find our website at and follow West Florida Public Libraries on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date event announcements, library news and more.

West Florida Public Library Locations

  • Pensacola Library: 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola, 32502 – (850) 436-5060
  • Century Library: 7991 N. Century Blvd., Century, 32535 – (850) 256-6217
  • Genealogy Library: 5740 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola, 32504 – (850) 494-7373
  • Molino Library: 6450-A Highway 95A, Molino, 32577 – (850) 435-1760
  • Southwest Library: 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola, 32507 – (850) 453-7780
  • Tryon Library: 1200 Langley Ave., Pensacola, 32504 – (850) 471-6980
  • Westside Library: 1301 W. Gregory St., Pensacola, 32502 – (850) 595-1047
  • Bellview Library: 6425 Mobile Highway, Pensacola, FL 32526 - (850) 471-6360

For hours of each WFPL location, visit

December Featured Events at West Florida Public Libraries

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Author Visit: Ed Hudson “As the Crow Flies: The Redemption of an International Drug Smuggler”

  • Wednesday Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. – Molino Library

Join us at the Molino Library as we welcome Retired Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Ed Hudson as he discusses his book “As the Crow Flies: The Redemption of an International Smuggler.” A true tale from right here in Escambia County with buried treasure to boot! Don’t miss it.

Baby Story Time at Your Library

  • Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Pensacola Library
  • Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Tryon Library

Join us for stories, songs and rhymes. This program is suggested for babies ages 0 to 2 years and their caregivers but open to everyone.

Bellview Book Club

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m. – Bellview Library

Join us at the Bellview Library as we discuss “Fableby Adrienne Young. This pilot book club will take place every 6 weeks in the meeting room. 

Board Game and LEGO Day

  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. – Century Library

Stop by for a fun-filled afternoon of building and playing board games. The library will provide all the blocks and games.

Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt

  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Westside Library

Santa’s elves have hidden 12 Candy Canes in the library. Find all 12 hidden candy canes and receive a prize! All ages are welcome to play.

Card Crafting

  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:00 p.m. – Southwest Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m. – Southwest Library

Come make holiday cards with us! Sponsored by the Friends of the Southwest Branch Library.

Chill Fridays for Teens

  • Friday, Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m. – Southwest Library

Drop by the Southwest Library on Friday afternoon and de-stress after a long week with art, games, meditation, yoga, houseplants – there’s something for everyone! Recommended for ages 13-18.

Council On Aging

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. – Pensacola Library

Join us as the Council on Aging visits WFPL and discusses resources available for the older generations in our community.

Crafternoons: Vision Boards

  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. – Bellview Library

Join us as we craft the afternoon away! All materials will be provided by the library.

Family Movie Night: “The Polar Express”

  • Friday, Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m. – Pensacola Library

Join us for a showing of “The Polar Express.” The film is rated “G” and runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Family Story Time at Your Library

  • Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Bellview Library
  • Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Southwest Library
  • Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Century Library
  • Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Molino Library
  • Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Pensacola Library
  • Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Tryon Library
  • Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. – Westside Library

Join us for exciting stories, songs and movement. This program is suggested for children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers but open to everyone.

Find-It-Out Fridays – Make a Holiday Gift

  • Friday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m. – Tryon Library

Have fun learning how to make fragrant foaming hand soap for yourself or someone you love.

Food Science: Too Hot Chocolate

  • Friday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. – Bellview Library

What makes hot cocoa so good? Chocolate, of course! Come see what other cultures add to this classic winter drink.

Gingerbread House Building

  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m. – Pensacola Library

In honor of National Gingerbread House Day on Monday, Dec. 12, we will be building gingerbread houses with graham crackers and other goodies. Available while supplies last.

Gingerbread Engineering

  • Friday Dec. 16, 4 p.m. – Bellview Library

Join the STEAM team and construct gingerbread houses for the holidays. Materials provided by the library.

Legal Services of North Florida

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. – Pensacola Library

Join us and hear from Legal Services of North Florida attorneys on a first come, first served basis.

Lego Club

  • Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. – Bellview Library

Everyone loves LEGO®! Accept building challenges from our staff or free build your own creation. DUPLO® will be available for younger builders.

Loom Bracelets

  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Molino Library

Are you still looking for a holiday present for a friend or want to make a treat for yourself? Come make a friendship bracelet with yarn to give out or keep this holiday season.

Make a Gift Day

  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. – Pensacola Library

Make someone special in your life an extra special present or three! Be sure to visit the card-making station and gift-wrapping station to wrap up your special homemade gifts before you leave. Available while supplies last.

“Experience a New Perspective” at West Florida Public Libraries Museum Series

  • Naval Aviation Museum: Thursday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. – Pensacola Library
  • Chappie James Museum: Thursday, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m. – Pensacola Library
  • Perdido Muscogee Tribe: Friday, Dec. 9 and 16, 1 p.m. – Pensacola Library

WFPL has partnered with area museums to showcase a sample of their collection. Join us and learn about the Pensacola area's rich culture, art and history.

One-on-One Resume Help

  • Mondays in December, 11 a.m. – Molino Library

Looking for a job and need to get your resume put together?  Stop by for help fine-tuning that resume you have tucked away. Call the Molino Library at (850) 435-1761 to schedule your session today.

Recycled Christmas Cards

  • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Westside Library

Bring your imagination and let’s make new Christmas Cards from recycled Christmas Cards. Open to all ages!

Santa at the Library

  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Century Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Southwest Library*
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Westside Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Pensacola Library*
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Tryon Library*
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Molino Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Bellview Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Bellview Library*
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 3-4 p.m.  – Tryon Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Southwest Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Pensacola Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Molino Library*

Stop by your local library for Santa pictures and fun activities this holiday season.

*Event replaces the regularly scheduled Family Story Time.

Santa’s Workshop

  • Saturday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. – Century Library

Stop in to make your own design for a unique gift. We will be busy making key chains, peg doll ornaments and other small gifts. Supplies and gift bags will be provided by the library.

Snow Chemistry

  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. – Century Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m. – Westside Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.– Southwest Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m. – Molino Library
  • Wednesday Dec. 14, 4 p.m. – Bellview Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 22, 3 p.m. – Pensacola Library

Snow in Florida? You’ve got that right! Join us as we make D-I-Y snow with the STEAM Team!

STEAM Story Time

  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. – Westside Library
  • Wednesday Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. – Pensacola Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m. – Century Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. – Tryon Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m. – Molino Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m. – Southwest Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. – Bellview Library

Bring your little explorers and stop by your local library for a special story time. STEAM is coming for an educational story time and an activity in science, technology, engineering, art or math. See you there!

Tabletop Role-Play Adventure

  • Saturday, Dec. 10, 12 p.m. – Genealogy Library

Join us for a Tabletop Role-Play Adventure at the library. If you are curious or want to try your hand at a tabletop role-play game, you are welcome to join us.

Take and Make Holiday Cards

  • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m. – Bellview Library

There’s nothing like a handmade card for the holidays. Come for quiet crafting time in our STEAM workshop. We’ll bring the paper, you bring the cheer!

Tie-Dye Christmas Shirts

  • Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m. – Century Library

Red, green and gold! Looks like the colors of Christmas. Bring a white t-shirt to the library to have some tie-dye fun with us!

The Study Spot for Teens

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 3:30 p.m. – Southwest Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. – Southwest Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. – Southwest Library

Come to the library to study, work in groups, complete homework, and do other quiet projects while enjoying snacks. Recommended for ages 13-18.

Tryon Tuesday Holiday Movies

  • “A Christmas Story” – Tuesday, Dec. 20, 3 p.m. – Tryon Library
  • “DC League of Super-Pets” – Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3 p.m. – Tryon Library

Join us as we watch holiday movies throughout the holiday season!

Winter Bingo

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Westside Library 

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and enjoy an afternoon of bingo. Open to all ages, prizes will be given each round.

Holiday Closures

West Florida Public Libraries will be closed for the following dates in observance of Christmas and New Year's:

  • Friday, Dec. 23 – All Day
  • Saturday, Dec. 24 – All Day
  • Sunday, Dec. 25 – All Day
  • Monday, Dec. 26 – All Day
  • Friday, Dec. 30 – All Day
  • Saturday, Dec. 31 – All Day


West Florida Public Libraries offers programming every month designed to engage the entire community in learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). From the complexities of robotics and coding to sewing and homemade skin and body care items, there is a class or activity to appeal to you or your children. All levels of skill are welcome at every event or activity, and our librarians are always happy to answer any questions you may have. So join the STEAM Team for learning, fun, and the chance to meet your community neighbors with similar interests. To learn more about STEAM events and activities and to see what else West Florida Public Libraries has to offer you and your family, visit Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter to see pictures and video from past and future events! #WFPL

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