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Library Offers Many Opportunities for Holiday Gifting

"Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light, and the red balloon..."

Many of us have snuggled up with a child before bedtime and read the soft, soothing rhyme of “Goodnight Moon.” A book is a gift to the reader and the listener.

The Library makes that possible every day, providing favorite stories for children and families to enjoy for bedtime or any other time. And the books sure get around – the eight copies of “Cat in the Hat” circulated 105 times last year; “Fox in Socks” circulated 190 times.

The Library’s budget has to stretch across all kinds of materials for all ages, and there’s always more we’d love to buy but can’t afford.

This season, you can provide a book that 200 or more children will be able to snuggle up with in the coming years. A donation to the Gift Book Tree on display through December at any library will purchase the book pictured on the tree’s ornaments, and children throughout the district will be able to read it.

It’s easy: Select a book ornament at the donation level you prefer -- $5, $10, $15 or $20 – present it with your donation to a librarian at the checkout desk. Cash or checks made out to the Library Foundation are accepted.

Your name will be written on the ornament and hung back on the tree to inspire others. And you can feel good knowing you have made “Goodnight Moon” and other favorites possible for hundreds of children.
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The annual Holiday Store for kids and teens is open through Dec. 4 at the Library Center. Youngsters can buy gifts at kid-friendly prices of 25 cents to $8 for family and friends. Hours are 1-4 p.m. today and Dec. 4; and 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. weekdays. The Library Station’s kids’ Holiday Open House is 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and the Holiday Store 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
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Fans of the late Springfield artist Robert E. Smith will enjoy a program and display during First Friday Art Talk and Art Walk Friday, Dec. 2, at Park Central Branch Library. The 6 p.m. talk is "Robert E. Smith: Springfieldian, Folk Artist, and Friend to All," a reminiscence of the man and his work, by Carla Stine and Eric Pervukhin.
 

Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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