Kids decorate library's tree, enjoy seasonal stories and crafts

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Dec. 16, 2011
Brody, 2, stretches as far as he can to place an ornament high on the Christmas tree in the children's room at Rockville Public Library on Dec. 14. Photos by Steve Smith.
Brody, 2, stretches as far as he can to place an ornament high on the Christmas tree in the children's room at Rockville Public Library on Dec. 14. Photos by Steve Smith.

At what has become an annual event, children and their families flocked to the Rockville Public Library on the morning of Dec. 14, in order to “Trim the Tree.” After the children decorated the library's Children's Reading Room tree, they heard stories read to them by children's librarian Shahla Zarinejad, including “Corduroy's Christmas.”

“The kids are wonderful,” Zarinejad said. “We had the most kids we've ever had. I couldn't keep count, but maybe 60 or 70 kids.”

Zarinejad said most of the children are ones who regularly attend the library's regular Wednesday storytime, and there was also a group from the Academy of Art & Learning of Vernon.

“Some of the kids really like the activities and crafts,” Zarinejad said, adding that another crafts session was also scheduled for later the same afternoon, in which “snowman thermometers” were made.

“It's a nice thing,” she said. “We get to see the kids, and some schools don't do as many arts and crafts anymore.”

Zarinejad added that many of the children expressed their excitement about the upcoming holidays, including the impending visit from Santa Claus.

For more information, visit www.biblio.org/rockville.


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