by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Santa visited the library on Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 in the evening. He was very popular! Mrs. Pease stopped counting people at 207 and she thinks she must have missed a few who came in the door. That may be our record for the largest number of people to come to an event at the library.
The whole children’s department was full of excited young faces. Mrs. Pease led them in chanting “Santa! Santa!” before the man himself emerged from the back room of the library, ringing his jingle bells.
Santa sang his own version of “Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer”. He read the book Is It Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman. Then the crowd divided up to make Christmas crafts and eat cookies in the meeting room or to take turns telling Santa what they want for Christmas. Even with the huge crowd, everyone was very patient and polite in waiting their turn. We have such nice families here.
We did see new faces in the crowd, as well as library regulars. We even set up a number of new library cards that night. If you were visiting the library for the first time but had your hands full with little ones, stop back another day to apply for library cards and take another look around.
We're down to our last few storyhours of the month. On Wednesday, December 10, we'll have our baby and toddler storytime at 10:15. On Friday, December 12, we’ll have our preschool storyhour at 10:00. And on Saturday, December 13, we’ll have our 2nd Saturday storyhour at 10:00, as well. Mrs. Pease is planning on holiday themes for those. Then we’ll take a break from storyhours until January, since the holiday season is such a busy time.
We will be holding our monthly family movie night on Monday, December 22, at 6 p.m. in the children’s department. We’ll be showing a kids’ Christmas movie about an army of elves. It’s rated G and it’s just a little more than an hour and a half long. Call the library if you’d like to know the name of the movie.
The monthly Friends of the Library book sale will be held on Saturday, December 20, from 10 to 4, with potential gifts for all ages. Most of what we have for sale is donated by members of the community, and there really are some nice books and movies available.
The library will be closed on December 24 and 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be open our regular hours the rest of that week. We will close at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and be closed on New Year’s Day.
Thank you to all of you who came to our Santa event and made it such a success. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!