Register staff report
The Madison County Public Library in Richmond will have special children’s programs in December, including a Christmas party that starts Saturday at 1 p.m.
The party will start with “The Charles Dickens Show,” said Ari Barron, children’s librarian for Richmond.
Don Miller will come dressed as Charles Dickens in a full Victorian gentleman’s suit and entertain uwith facts about his writing, his rags to riches life, his family and travels.
There will be audience participation as listeners learn about the famous characters Dickens created such as David Copperfield, Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Oliver and Fagan.
“We will even see the same magic tricks that Charles Dickens performed 150 years ago.” Barron said. “At 2 p.m., we will keep the Christmas spirit going by making ornaments.”
The library also is sponsoring a winter reading club for kids 18 and under. They can read win prizes for how much they read from Dec. 19 through Jan. 2, Barron said.
Participant swill get a free book of their choice and a chance to win an Android tablet computer or a $50 Hastings gift card. Winter reading club cards will be available at the Christmas Party and throughout the holiday break. This program is sponsored by TDS Restaurants/McDonalds.
“Come enjoy making snowflake crafts on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. and make a snowman thermometer on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m., Barron said.
The library will show two movies over the holiday break, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” on Friday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. and “Ice Age: Continental Drift “on Friday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. Movies are sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library.
All programs are free and open to the public. For more details about these and other programs available, contact the library at 623-6704 or check our website www.madisonlibrary.org.
“We can’t wait to see you at the library,” Barron said.