This month being the Children’s Librarian I had the honor of being Mrs. Claus for a few community events. I was Mrs. Claus in the Festival of Lights parade in Gardiner and reading to some students at Helen Thompson Elementary and Pittston Consolidated Schools. It is an amazing feeling to be Mrs. Claus and to see all the happy faces on adults and children. I wish everyone could have this experience in their lifetime. So, I thought I would share some of the funny questions and comments that only children would ask Mrs. Claus.
How old are you Mrs. Claus? Oh I don’t know. You don’t know? No, I am too busy to have a birthday.
Are you married to Mr. Claus and where is your ring? Is Mr. Claus married to Mrs. Claus? I left my ring home.
Just in case you are real, tell Santa I want a cat or a dog. I will tell Santa.
How did you get here? It’s a beautiful day for a sleigh ride!
How many miles is it to the North Pole? Oh I am sorry, I don’t know that.
How many reindeer do you have and what are their names? I told them we have the 8 reindeer and their family members. Then I recite the names and the children join right in with the names.
Do you always wear that dress? No, but I always wear dresses.
How long did it take to get here? Oh I am so sorry, I don’t know. I fell asleep on the trip here.
Are you real? Yes, I am a real person.
Do you believe in Santa? Yes,I believe in Santa.
Did you know we would see Santa today? One class, had seen Santa at the Polar Express showing at Johnson Hall. Yes, I had heard that Santa would be there.
How do you know all our names?I help Santa remember all your names.
And I was told many things that children wanted for Christmas to tell to Santa and I received many hugs.
We at the Gardiner Public Library hope you have a wonderful Holiday with family and friends.
I would like to thank all the local school districts, community members, parents, and grandparents. One of my goals this summer was to get more children signed up for the summer reading program than last year. We have surpassed last year’s number and reached higher than I thought possible for this summer. We should be very proud that this has happened for all of our communities. Every little step helps our children and our future. Now if we can get more children to come in after finishing the reading, we will have hit another mile stone. So come in and get your prizes in August.
Craft time at the library
One of our dedicated volunteers put together a poster on why the Gardiner Public Library “ROCKS” in the eyes of our children. She went around during craft time and asked the children what they liked best about coming to the library. Here are some of the answers.
“I like to make friends and play with them at the library.”
“I like the library because I can color here.”
“I like the arts and crafts, books and the movies.”
“I like the books and the games and playing at the library.”
“I like to do crafts at the library.”
“I like to read the books and take our movies.”
“I like the special books about dogs.”
“I like playing with the Legos at the library.”
This poster definitely has brightened up the children’s room and tells us why this building is so important to the communities that it services.
August 7th, Tuesday, there will be a special event in the Children’s Room at the Gardiner Public Library. – Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals at 10:00a.m.
Summer Reading Program begins June 18th. Here is a list of events and how to get your charts. Looking forward to seeing you all during the summer at the library were there will be plenty of things happen.
Join us Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM in the Children’s Room for 8 weeks.
Gardiner Head Start Art Exhibit is on display in the Children’s Room until Saturday, May 19th. Take some time out of your busy week to come and see the wonderful student works. Enjoying these creations, some of the many life skills that are learned in early school years, became evident.