• 66°

Sharing their wishes

Children meet with Santa at library Christmas party

Christmas is getting closer and, on Monday, the Briggs Lawrence Public Library hosted its holiday party.

The event gave children a chance to meet with Santa Claus at the library’s main branch in Ironton.

Jan Gullett, who coordinates children’s programs for the library, said this was the final stop of his visit to the library’s various branches throughout the county.

Bradley Grubbs, of Pedro, was one of the first to share his Christmas wish list with Santa, telling him he wants a toy gun.

Santa replied that he would try, but would have to get approval from his parents.

“With guns, planes or livestock, I have to get Mom and Dad’s OK.” he said.

Emma May, of Pedro, proudly presented him with a list she said she had made in class.

“I’ve been kind of good this year,” she said.

“What do you mean ‘kind of good?’” Santa asked. “Have you ever put a tack in your teacher’s chair?”

“What’s a tack?” Emma asked incredulously. “What’s that mean?”

“Well, it’s good that you don’t know,” Santa joked.

Following Santa’s visit, the children and their families were treated to a reception and refreshments in the children’s area.

The library is hosting a mitten tree for the holidays, until the middle of the month to collect for needy families.

Those who bring in a new pair of gloves, a hat or a scarf for the tree can have their fines forgiven for up to $5.

The donations will be sent to local charities when the tree is taken down.