Posted by: HouPE | 12/19/2011

Libraries + Christmas Parade = Lots of Bookish Christmas Cheer

This year the Houston County Public Library System took our Christmas Spirit and spread it around during our local Christmas parades.

The Nola Brantley Memorial Library participated in the annual Christmas parade in Warner Robins on December 3rd. 

They entered a very sparkly rendition of The Polar Express, complete with caboose and music from the movie soundtrack.  The train was made of carefully cut styrofoam, which was hand-painted and glittered to match the train as depicted in the popular family film.  Behind the train was a book cart holding black cardboard which was glittered and painted with the library name on it, followed by the library horse, “Apple Dumplin’.”  The horse was appropriately affixed to a book cart and consisted of a stick horse and an actual blanket and saddle.  The Polar Express caboose was affixed onto a ride-on children’s toy and properly decorated to ensure a strong end to the train! The entire unit took over 20 hours to complete and was created entirely by library staff members.  All participants were Nola Brantley Memorial Library employees with their children.

In Perry, the theme was “Christmas Stories” and the Perry Public Library helped to kick off the holiday season with the Grinch in the Perry Christmas Parade on December 3rd. Perry staff wore their Grinch finest and distributed bookmarks and books donated by Scholastic Books. All the Library holiday cheer was escorted by the Grinch, himself, as he rode along on his bookcart sleigh.

It was great fun to see so many of our patrons along the route and be able to connect with so many new faces within the community.

Lights lit up the night, Saturday, December 10th for the 2nd annual Centerville Christmas Parade. Centerville Public Library was pleased to participate for the first time this year in Houston County’s only nighttime parade. The theme of this year’s parade “Home for Christmas” was in honor of all our returning soldiers and their families. The staff at the Centerville Branch Library enthusiastically took on the project of creating a float to celebrate that theme with a family scene of a soldier at home, reading a Christmas library book to his children. We enjoyed participating in this year’s parade and gained experience to make next year’s float even better.





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