Lans­dale Pub­lic Li­brary rings in new year early for kids

North Penn Life - - News - By Jen­nifer Law­son jlaw­son@jour­nalregis­

The new year came 12 hours early for a group of kids and par­ents at Lans­dale pub­lic Li­brary Mon­day

With noise­mak­ers, bub­ble wrap and hats, about 40 chil­dren wel­comed 2013 at the stroke of noon dur­ing the fourth an­nual New vear’s at Noon cel­e­bra­tion.

“We do this just to give the kids some­thing to do, and most of them won’t make it un­til mid­night,” li­brary di­rec­tor Tom Meyer said.

The event kicked off with a screen­ing of “oudolph’s Shiny New vear” on a pro­jec­tion screen in the li­brary’s com­mu­nity room.

Around 11W45 a.m., af­ter the movie ended, Meyer handed out noise­mak­ers as chil­dren’s li­brar­ian Lisa Green kept the kids busy with an in­ter­ac­tive song.

Then came the count­down, fol­lowed by a ca­coph­ony of ex­cited, cel- ebra­tory noises and shouts.

Even though chil­dren are told to keep quiet in a li­brary, Green said the com­mu­nity room is a “mag­i­cal room,” where they’re al­lowed to do spe­cial things some­times, like toss back some ap­ple juice and party.

The adults seated in the li­brary close to the com­mu­nity room door do­ing puzzles and read­ing news­pa­pers didn’t seem to mind — in fact, a few had joined the cel­e­bra­tion.

Es­ther C-Tay­lor of Lans­dale brought her two daugh­ters, ages 6 and 11, to the event.

“It’s lo­cal, and it lets us do some­thing within the com­mu­nity, free of charge,” she said, stand­ing in the back of the room keep­ing an eye on her girls.

“This is per­fect for us, be­cause it’s safe and it’s at the li­brary,” she said.

Two- year- old Ce­celia Gallen of Hat­field was wear­ing a Happy New vear tiara and looked a lit­tle per­plexed as she watched the cel­e­bra­tion from the safety of her fa­ther Tim’s arms.

“We wanted to give her the ex­pe­ri­ence of New vear’s Eve be­cause she won’t make it till mid­night,” her mother Su­san said. “It’s a lit­tle over­whelm­ing.”

Eva and Evan Tam­burro help cel­e­brate the “new year” at noon Mon­day.

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PAT­TON

Phailin Ashanti makes noise at noon Mon­day, the time when the Lans­dale Pub­lic Li­brary cel­e­brated the start of the new year.

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