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Friday, November 24, 2017

And the Countdown to December Begins!

I feel like school just started, but second quarter is well under way, and the end  of our calendar year is quickly approaching. Time reminds me of the tiny print on car mirrors that says objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. 

The library has sponsored many different holiday events over the years. We often have served cookies or exchanged cookie and candy recipes. 

Before I worked here, I played Mrs. Santa and forgot a plate of cookies on top of my car, a special plastic plate that Children’s Librarian Mrs. Johnson wanted back. I found the plate somewhere on Third Street with cookies scattered to the wind. The pieces of plate were scattered, too.

One disastrous year I served hot chocolate that was dangerously hot. 

On a more pleasant note, one of the library board members made a wonderful elf. We’ve gathered canned goods for the Meeker County Food Shelf, and gathered items for the Humane Society. Bob Gasch has entertained us with stories and his famous noisy “Night Before Christmas.” 

Santa visited the library for several years and we’re always delighted to have him spend time with us. He usually read a story and sang a personalized version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

This year we’re trying something new. On Saturday, December 9th, Second Saturday Story Time will be transformed into a holiday happening. We will make an edible craft to take home to display or eat. Think of one of those Pinterest crafts that you’d try at home but know it could get messy. 

We’ll sing Christmas songs. Expect to sing “Jingle Bells” at least twice. We’ll attempt a noisy group reading of “The Night before Christmas.” (Thanks, Bob for the idea.) And we’ll share a Christmas story. It’s a free event, a chance to make some time to enjoy your kids or drop them off for an hour to have a bit of free time for yourself. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of seven must be accompanied by a parent or sibling that is at least 12 years old.  

December 9th is our last Story Time for 2017. Beginner Book Club will meet on December 21 after school. We are reading “Fenway and Hattie, by Victoria J. Coe” and may have a yummy treat because it’s sort of the Christmas party. Brickheads will get together to build with Legos each Thursday night in December. And then it will be time to wish everyone a “Happy New Year” and start 2018 with a smile.

I knew I should have put up that Christmas tree in August. See you at the library!