Young children often fall asleep long before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, and many often feel left out or like they missed the party on the big day.
Thanks to the branches of the Pierce County Library System, children age 4 to 8 can participate in a Noon Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday.
“It’s so kids can be part of the celebration and not feel left out,” said Emilie Trott, Youth Services librarian with the South Hill branch.
As with all children’s programs at any of the 15 Pierce County libraries, the Noon Year’s Eve program will include five components that make the celebration educational and fun.
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“It contains reading, writing, singing, talking and playing,” Trott said. “There’s music and dancing, and we count down until noon, so we also get to practice some early math skills, too.”
Trott and the other Youth Services librarians will share some of their favorite books from 2015. Her favorites, which will be shared at the South Hill celebration, are “The Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli, “Monsters Love Colors” by Mike Austin, and “Love Monster and the Last Chocolate” by Rachel Bright.
While this year is the first year of the Kids New Year’s Eve celebration for the South Hill location, Trott says the program has occurred previously at other Pierce County libraries and she’s excited to welcome it to South Hill.
“We would love for families who have never been to the library to come in and check it out,” she said. “We have so many free resources and programs available.”
The Kids New Year’s Eve celebration starts at 11 a.m. and wraps up at noon at the South Hill location, 15420 Meridian Avenue East.
The Sumner location, at 1116 Fryar Avenue, will also host a celebration.
For more information, visit www.piercecountylibrary.org.