Monday, December 10, 2012

Caroling in the Library 2012

We had a HUGE turn out and are planning for next year with these numbers in mind.  I'll note the planned changes throughout the post (in red).

This event was created by my colleague Allison Burke six years ago and she and I have single-handedly (or is that double-handedly?) planned, presented, collaborated with the high school (all Allie!), and pulled this program off for another five! 

684 library customers enjoyed the festivities!

Some decorating and promotion:

Gingerbread Man Decorating:
Will have 250 instead of 160
Thanks for the home-made cookies, Perry High School Culinary students and Angela Stutz!
Before the madness
Evelyn and Dad

Getting busy

Our culinary students
Decorating done...Go time!

Elf Station
The elves will be in the Newsstand Room next year

Thank you,  Elf Kaylie, Elf Emily, and Elf Arriana

Letters for Santa.  Emails returned by our very own Perry elves!
Refreshments:  Cookies, Cupcakes, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
12 platters of cookies.  MORE next year and in a spacier location!
My cutie snagged a cupcake
Sound system next year for our awesome Carolers
Thank you, Joe Little and the PHS choir

Families enjoying interactive choir
Pajama Storytime
Next year: In the open "stage area" where the choir was
AND I'll learn how to use the mic better
Set up
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen
Rhyimg flannel game: "Rudolph, Rudolph"
Found a recorded version of "Reindeer Pokey"!
Hmm is this cowboy hat Santa's hat?
5 gingerbread cookies cooling on a tray.  This one jumped up and hopped away!
Because my niece is plain old cute!
Books we read:
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen
Who Will Help Santa This Year? by Jerry Pallotta
Pajama Time by Sanra Boynton (big book)

Everyone who helped us out day of!  Thank you
I wouldn't change a thing  =)
Miss Lesley, Miss Allie, Elf Kaylie, Elf Emily, Yours Truly in black footie jammies, Elf Arianna
Joe, our wonderful elfish security guard and Miss Emily who came from Southeast Library to help out.



  1. I WANT TO GO TO THIS!!! Awesome program!

  2. What a great program! Maybe I'll plan this for our library next year! Thanks for sharing!

  3. It's a lot of hard work but really fun and gets so many teens involved! Our library is a joint use facility so we are on a high school campus and these kind of events really highlight how mature and fun teens can be (as opposed to the chaos they are known for when school lets out).