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James W. Curry Library hosting several Christmas events throughout December

BUCKHANNON – Christmas at Curry: A Festival of Lights has incorporated a new friendly competition for its 2022 showing. 

After taking a break for Thanksgiving, the James W. Curry Library is preparing for several Christmas-themed events in December. Judith Williams, the library’s director, said there are still a few slots open for the Santa’s Workshop Children’s Christmas Program this Saturday, Dec. 3.

“It’s a craft-heavy Christmas program,” Williams said. “The children make crafts they can then give as gifts. They are simple little things — gifts for grandma and grandpa. They make their crafts, we have our famous Polar Express hot chocolate, and we have a visit from Santa himself. Everyone gets a chance to have a few words with Santa, and parents have an opportunity to take a nice picture with a green screen background.”

As of Monday, there was one space left for the 2:30 p.m. time slot and three spaces available for the 4 p.m. time slot.

The following weekend, the park will welcome visitors for the Festival of Lights.

“On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, we have our Festival of Lights, which is a fundraiser for library programming,” Williams said. “It’s from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. both evenings. For $5 you get to drive through the campground, and each site will be decorated. You get to vote for the one that you think is the best, and after the two nights, the votes are tabulated and the winner gets $100.”

The community building will be selling Polar Express hot chocolate, baked goods, hotdogs and nachos. Do-It-Yourself stuffed animal kits and other festive items will also be for sale.

“We’ve had a nice number of volunteers, but this year we’ve had more people interested in participating in the contest itself,” she said. “We have a rivalry going between the Rock Case Elementary PTO, the French Creek Elementary PTO and the Girl Scouts French Creek branch, so this should be fun this year.”

The library will be closed Dec. 11 through Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 to Dec. 31. The regularly scheduled Family Fun Nights will return on Tuesdays in January. Updates on events and programming can be found on the James W. Curry Library Facebook page.

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