Santa makes a visit to ornament workshop
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Seven-year-old Gabriella carefully applied a sticker to the front of her completed nosegay, destined for her family’s tree in Mansfield. She showed off a snowman ornament that she’d already finished, complete with a lighted “carrot” nose. Gabriella had also made a reindeer, “But the antlers are still wet,” she said.
There was a good turnout for an ornament workshop, held Dec. 18 in the children’s department of the Willimantic Public Library. “This is our holiday event,” said children’s librarian Gail Zeiba. The library has been hosting the event for 11 years.
There were eight different ornaments that children could choose from, and refreshments were available for after the work was done. And Santa, arriving toward the end of the workshop, provided children with a knee to sit on, a fruit-flavored candy cane, and a free book.
Cadence, age 3, didn’t hesitate to chat with Santa. She sat on his knee, holding her candy cane and her book, and gave him her Christmas wish list. She wanted a princess pillow, princess slippers, a princess blanket, and a Tinkerbelle toothbrush.
Willimantic Public Library events for adults and children will start up again after the New Year. For more information, go to http://www.willimanticlibrary.org/.