The holidays are upon us. The sweet aroma of cinnamon and pine are in the air.
Snow is on the ground, decorations are hanging high, and warmth can be felt at the Delta County Libraries.
Each of the libraries planned and delivered a litany of exciting programs that have spread the holiday cheer. From holiday gift making to ornament design for kids ages one to 92, there was truly something for everyone.
At the Delta Library, an all-day craft day was held to give families an opportunity to come in at any time and participate. Librarian Adriana Chavira came up with this idea because working parents were not always able to bring their children in to participate. "It is a lot of fun. Some families walk in the door expecting to only check out materials and they find a fun holiday craft waiting for them." The crafts included a snowman ornament, bracelets and beaded ornaments.
In Cedaredge, librarian Emily Wray hosted a "Hippie Holidays" Tie-Dye Party. Teens were invited to make tie-dye shirts as gifts or to wear through the holiday season. "Teens and their parents all had a great time," said Wray. Barb Ross, mother of two of the teen participants was ecstatic. "This is the best way to spend a Friday night in Delta County. It takes the library beyond books!" Library regional manager Lea Hart added, "It was great to see not only the teens come out, but their parents as well. The holidays are about family, and this gives everyone an opportunity to be together doing something fun and different."
The Crawford Library has a very special treat for their patrons — a winter wonderland. Librarian Jan Ryan, an avid collector of alpine Christmas village pieces, had been building an alpine village at her home for years. In 2012 she decided that she wanted to share her "wonderland" with the community. She found that everyone was delighted by it, and she decided to do it again. "The children loved it, but it was not only the children who oohed and aahed," said Ryan. "The adults seemed just as enchanted by the scene and the feeling that the village represents." There are over 30 buildings, dozens of people, a working fountain, trees, mountains and lots of other accessories. "It brings holiday magic to the Crawford Library," added Ryan. Along with the winter wonderland, there are 17 pieces of art painted by Ryan on display throughout the library. They will remain on display through the middle of January.
So with the holiday season upon us, the Delta County Libraries are spreading warmth and cheer. "Hopefully everyone will have a chance to experience a holiday program at their local library," said director Annette Choszczyk. "It is a special time of the year and this is a great way to start new traditions or create memories."blog comments powered by Disqus