Wow! I can't believe it is nearly a new year. When I took on the role of Children's Programming Librarian in February, I had no idea what was in store for me. This year we had so many amazing programs. We had visits from outside groups like Silly Safaris and Professor Steve. Just last week we had a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their reindeer, Misfit. As I look back with a full heart, I remember so many good times. There were lots of laughs and smiles from the children. I got to hold an armadillo! I built a gingerbread house large enough for the kids to play in. We had a visit from Piggie and Elephant from the Mo Willems' books. We held a worm race here at the library. The Mascot Stampede had us running and dancing with the Butler Bulldog, Charlie Cardinal, Rodney Raven, and the Pendleton Arabian! So many days I came home covered in paint, glitter, or both. Being able to provide programs for kids from ages birth-12 is an amazing privilege. As I look back, it makes me excited to see what is in store for 2017! Before we know it, Summer Reading will be starting and there will be a fresh batch of memories to be made.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our programs this year. A huge thank you to the rest of the library staff, the VolunTEENs, the Friends of the Library, and the countless parent helpers who made my first year an amazing one!