Santa Claus is coming to the library

Staff Writer

Despite it being the busiest time of the year, Santa Claus is taking a break from toy making and list checking. He will at the Bryan Public Library, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, for Story Time With Santa.

"This is our second year to bring Santa to visit after school," April Hopkins, children's services librarian, said. "I wanted children of all ages to be able to come to see Santa. Before it was Head Start, child care facilities, pre-K and kindergarten children, but now everyone can come."
Hopkins said Santa will read a Christmas story about how he got the job as Santa Claus, and then parents can take their children to see Santa and take photos with their cell phones.
"It worked out very well last year," Hopkins said. "Mrs. Claus will not be here this year. The children enjoyed seeing her. So be sure to bring your children by after school to meet Santa."

Fine Forgiveness for Food is still going through Friday, Dec. 20. For each canned food or non-perishable item, $1 in overdue book fines will be forgiven.
"After everything has been donated," Jayme Evans, Youth Services Librarian, said. "We'll sort through everything and box it up. Then we will take half to Project Homestead Food Pantry and the other half will go to the pantry at Living Manna Church."
Public libraries are an important part of any community and the BPL would like to give back to the community, as well.
"We hope that people who don't have fines will donate, as well," Evans said. "We are taking canned and non-perishable foods. If you have a few cans in the kitchen cabinet that are not dented and not out of date, we'd love to have them. They also need to still have the label intact. We need to know what the cans contain."
Evans said that sharing with neighbors who may not be employed or who are having a hard time is what we should be doing this time of the year.
"I would love to know there are no hungry people, especially at Christmas time," Evans said. "Everyone should have enough to eat."
Canned goods that are to be used to pay off fines can be taken to the front desk. Those just wanting to donate can put the donations in the basket at the front.

The Bryan Public Library will close Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Jan. 1. The library will open for normal business hours at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.
The last Book Club meeting for 2019, is Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 3:15 p.m.
"We encouraged people to check out a Christmas themed book for December," Priscilla Ivy, public service librarian, said. "We'll have an open discussion about the books that were chosen."
The Book Club will meet again, at 3:15 Jan. 29, and will discuss "Brother to a Dragonfly" by Will D. Campbell.
For more information call 494-4872.