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Library staff creates ‘tasty’ décor and programs at Christmastime

Library staff creates ‘tasty’ décor and programs at Christmastime
I used to work for Panera Bread. It was a glorious job! All that food! All that bread! All those cookies! At Christmastime, the bakers made wonderful specialty breads, and the chicken noodle soup and hot chocolate were favorites among tired Christmas shoppers.
But there is something much cheerier about working for Aurora Public Library at Christmastime. While there was not a lot of room for employees to be creative about decorating at Panera restaurants (because of strict corporate rules), Aurora Public Library staff can be as imaginative and playful as they like when decorating.
I was delighted by the Children’s Program Room decor at the Eola Road Branch when I stopped in on Dec. 2 for the first Read Around the Tree storytime. Staff there truly crafted a kid’s Christmas dream in that room. It’s the perfect backdrop for Read Around the Tree storytimes, which continue weekdays through Dec. 20. The storytimes, for all ages, begin at 10 a.m. Santa will make an appearance at the Monday, Dec. 16 storytime, and the theme of the Thursday, Dec. 19 storytime is Kwanzaa!
The West Branch also has a very talented staff when it comes to decorating for every season and event that comes around. If you have never stopped in to see the Holiday Celebrations in Many Lands display, that needs to become part of your Christmas tradition.
This is the 38th year for this display, which includes more than 25 decorated Christmas trees and exhibits of holiday traditions from around the U.S. and the world. (The tradition began in 1976 at the Main Library.) Library staff and members of the community do the decorating. It truly is a community effort and the handmade ornaments are something to see.
Each year there is an open house to kick off the display, and this year it was held on Dec. 8. The open house is wonderful, especially for children, but it is crowded! Some people opt to stroll through the exhibit at a leisurely pace on another day. The library has a printed guide that explains the traditions behind the exhibits. Just ask for one when you stop in. The trees and other holiday traditions are open for viewing whenever the library is open – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25, but the display will remain up through the end of the year.
Also through the month of December, each time you visit the Express Center (1100 Church Road) or the Bookmobile, you can pick up a candy cane!
I hope all of our regulars and some new children will visit us on Monday, Dec. 16 when the Main Library sponsors Storytime at the River’s Edge café. I love to assist with this program, and I will have the privilege of doing so on this day. Anyone who doubts that I have technological skills will marvel at how easily I can work the CD player so that everyone can sing and dance along with the music. And remember, River’s Edge Café, 14 W. Downer Place, gives each child a free, just-baked cookie!
Pat Schwartz, teen librarian at the West Branch, will give teens the opportunity to wrap presents away from the curious eyes of siblings and parents. Teens are invited to bring gifts and wrapping supplies to the West Branch from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 to wrap up Christmas surprises – and keep them secret until the big day.
On that note, are you noticing that there is less room to hide Christmas gifts in your storage closet because all of your daughter’s old dresses are taking up space there? If you would like to donate some of the Prom and Homecoming dresses that are gathering dust, please consider giving them to the Aurora Public Library! We will have a “Say YES to the Prom Dress” event on April 5 at the Main Library. Call me at 630-264-4125 for information. You don’t have to wait to donate!
And then there is January, which in Northern Illinois can be described with just one word: Brrrr.
January is the perfect time to warm up with a book, and it is even more perfect when you can participate in Winter Reading. Start reading Jan. 6 and continue through March 6. Stop in at any location for more information and a reading log. Everyone will receive a prize – winter reading is for all ages.
And make sure to continue to check your @ your library newsletter that landed in your mailbox a couple weeks ago. There are plenty of programs to keep you and yours from going stir-crazy in the cold winter months.

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