Do you like visiting places that seem dull and “Grinch-like” during the holiday season? Me either. In fact, anything that attempts to dampen my holiday spirit is avoided at all costs! With this in mind, we have decided to decorate the Nola Brantley Memorial Library to ensure that our patrons experience a festive and inviting atmosphere during their visit. Oh, and have easy access to holiday books as well!
As you walk through the library’s front door, you will immediately experience a fresh burst of holiday spirit due to our beautiful Christmas tree display. It is delicately adorned with multi-colored and white lights and ornaments of all types. We have volunteers from the Briar Club of Warner Robins who generously donate their time and talents to decorating this tree each year, and they do a wonderful job! Also enclosed with the tree is our parade design of the Polar Express train and caboose, which will be on display throughout the month of December.
As you continue walking through the library and down the hall, you will be filled with wonder by our beautiful “flakes and flurries” snow display. These “snowflakes” were individually hung by library employees and have since brought many smiles to young faces. While this is certainly our most wonderous use of the flakes, don’t forget that it is also “snowing” in all windows within the library’s children’s area! We have incorporated a beautiful lighted display around all circulation and children’s desks as well, so make sure to visit each station and take an up-close look!
Upon entering our children’s area, each patron will continue their holiday marvels by having the unique opportunity to see the MGMRC’s (Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club) intricate work first-hand. This club is quite passionate about model trains, and it shows through their holiday display at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library. Here, I have given you a glimpse of one display piece, the “Tweetsie.” This is a model steam locomotive with a wheel arrangement that became the second-most popular configuration in America during the 19th century. This model is a replica of the ten-wheeler located at the Tweetsie Railroad in North Carolina. The real “Tweetsie” is still operational today. Other displays include a cherry blossom train, beautifully staged villages, a display around the Christmas tree, and *drum roll, please* Thomas the tank engine! Come by anytime through December to visit the display.
To visit the MGMRC’s website and to see a list of their different display sites, click here
Well folks, we hope this gives you an idea of the holiday spirit that is offered up here at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library! Oh, and don’t forget – we will have a Christmas and Jewish book display up in our children’s area for the duration of this holiday season. Happy holidays, everyone!