Kids climb aboard the 'Polar Express' at Kent Memorial Library

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Two brothers shared a car in the Polar Express. The Polar Express event was held by Kent Memorial Library and included a visit from Santa and a ride on the ‘train.’ Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Two brothers shared a car in the Polar Express. The Polar Express event was held by Kent Memorial Library and included a visit from Santa and a ride on the ‘train.’ Photos by Jennifer Coe.

The train was leaving on time and the whistle blew for the 30 or so kids who attended the annual Polar Express event at Kent Memorial Library on Dec. 10. This holiday-time party packed in a lot of memories in a short amount of time for the under-5 crowd.

Children were welcomed wearing their cozy pajamas by a similarly-dressed Wendy Taylor, the children’s librarian. After a reading of the book, “The Polar Express,” by Chris Van Allsburg, a couple of surprises were revealed - one being the appearance of everyone’s favorite red-suited fellow, Santa Claus, who was pleased to sit and talk with any youngster who would comply. Multiple discussions were had on Santa’s knee about many important things, including what they hoped for on Christmas morning.

From a distance, a train whistle blew. Children’s eyes moved from Santa to a conductor dressed in blue (Lester Smith) sounding the call to board the “train.”  The train was a line of about 30 cardboard boxes attached to one another and able to be “driven.”

Smith’s train was very punctual, if maybe a little compact, and headed on its way packed with kids. They had a long ride from the activity room to the main floor of the library to the children’s section and back down. It was a sight to see for everyone - even the unsuspecting patrons in the reference department.

For some Suffield kids, the ride on this train is a yearly event, and for some of the younger ones, it was their first time – but all of them had a great, memory-making time.


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