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December 24, 2012

Library visitors seek both timeless books and new favorites


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“We certainly will (provide books) about the signs and symbols of Christmas traditions if we have them available, but those books have been long checked out, so we will get the information if we don’t have it in a book,” she added. “We have reference books downstairs, so a lot of times we will borrow from those.
“(People are) just curious,” she continued. “They want to give children the background on why we do what we do at Christmas. It’s been all different ages, but for a while there, every day somebody was asking me about the signs and symbols of Christmas.”
The library also provides activities for children during the season, like the recent “Breakfast with Santa” featuring doughnuts and milk, and Friday’s “Holiday Songs and Stories,” which allowed library staffers to read some of the favorites mentioned above in between festive tunes accompanied by piano and guitar.
And then of course there’s Dewey, the resident “elf on the shelf” — from another popular book that’s launched a whole new Christmas tradition — who keeps watch over all the children in the library to make sure they’re behaving nicely, and not being naughty.
Naturally, the children who visit the library have their own favorite books. MacKenzie Brunson, 12, likes the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 
“It’s just a good book,” she said. “It teaches that Christmas is not just about the tree and presents.”
Caleb Leach, age 5, is also a “Grinch” fan, but more for the star — “I just like him,” reported Leach. A girl at his table in the children’s section of the library, Cassidy Cataldo, age 4, excitedly told of how the Grinch’s mean heart grew three sizes, but acknowledged that she was more of a Frosty the Snowman fan because “he’s a boy.”

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