Mrs. Claus entertains with stories and songs

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Wed., Dec. 11, 2013
The children were excited to decorate their Christmas cookies. Photos by Lisa Stone.
The children were excited to decorate their Christmas cookies. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Raymond Library staff brought holiday cheer to local residents by offering an evening of song, stories and tasty snacks. Raymond’s children’s circulation librarian, Effie Dibennedetto, graced the audience with her talents as Mrs. Claus while reading “The Night Before Christmas” and leading everyone in songs of the season.

The room was filled with excitement on Dec. 9 at the Community Cultural Center at Chapman Place. Santa was on hand to talk with the children and inspire them to “be good, for goodness sake.” Mrs. Clause had the room singing “Jingle Bells” and “Feliz Navidad.”

When the time came for creating and enjoying goodies, the room raced to the long table that held plates of colored frosting and decorations. Each child was given two cookies and told that they could create their own masterpiece. Zora LeBon was very anxious to make her special Christmas cookie. “I really like coming here,” Zora said. “My mom told me about this today and I really wanted to come.”

Zora’s mom, Lisa, was having a great time as well. “We’ve done this before,” said Lisa. “The library has some really great activities. It’s great to take the kids here and join in on the community spirit.”

Joe Wilson took his two sons, Kaleb and Dylan, to the party. “The kids are having a lot of fun,” said Wilson. “I am really happy that they are so happy.” The red and white frosting that covered the boys' faces spoke volumes about their enjoyment.

Dibennedetto was full of smiles as she helped the children decorate their cookies. “We have only been here at the Community Center for a month now, but it seems to be working out just fine.” Even during its renovation, the library wants to continue to support the community spirit through activities like this.

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