Santa to stop by both li­brary lo­ca­tions

The Saline Courier - - NEWS - By Elisha Morrison el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

Santa Claus will be mak­ing stops at the Bryant and Ben­ton branches of the Saline County li­brary for pho­tos and to talk to chil­dren about what they want for Christ­mas.

He will be at the Mabel Boswell Memo­rial Li­brary Dec. 17 and Herzfeld Li­brary Dec. 19. Both vis­its will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“Come take a pic­ture with Santa,” Youth Ser­vices Man­ager Sarah Beth Lesko said.

All chil­dren who come speak to Santa will take home a gift.

Be­fore Santa ar­rives, start­ing at 3:30 p.m. each day the li­brary will of­fer win­ter crafts un­til 5 p.m.

Lesko said there is no age limit for chil­dren to visit Santa. Par­ents will need to bring a cam­era or use their phone to take pho­tos. The li­brary will not pro­vide a pho­tog­ra­pher for Santa’s visit.

In Bryant, Santa will set up in the meet­ing room. In Ben­ton, he will be in the story time room. Lesko said hope­fully it will be qui­eter for chil­dren who have special needs, but she warned that the li­brary it­self may still be loud.

Lesko is happy the li­brary is host­ing the man in red.

“I think it is a good way for us to show the com­mu­nity we are more than story times and books,” she said.

“We pro­vide other ex­pe­ri­ences for fam­i­lies and their chil­dren at the li­brary.

The li­brary has sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son.

The li­brary will be at the Ben­ton Farmer’s Mar­ket at 6 p.m. Mon­day to hold a Frozen story time.

All next week, the Ben­ton branch will have a wrap­ping sta­tion set up in the meet­ing room for pa­trons to wrap gifts, do crafts and watch Christ­mas movies. Lesko en­cour­ages pa­trons to stop by. The li­brary will pro­vide pa­per, tape and more.

Special to The Saline Courier

Youth Ser­vices Li­brar­ian Jes­sica Hodges sits on Santa’s lap dur­ing one of his vis­its to the Saline County Li­brary.

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