By Kathy Watson, Youth Services Director

ATKINSON — Extra! Extra! Read all about it! A special North Pole visitor will be coming to Kimball Library on Fri., December 20. Santa is making a special trip to visit our story hour children. He will visit the first Kiddie Lit class at 10:45 a.m. and the second Kiddie Lit class at 11:30 a.m. Guests that are not enrolled in these classes may join us at 11:30 a.m. Santa likes to read to us, and he is available for listening to children’s wishes. Registration is not required for this one-time event.

HOLIDAY DROP ‘N SHOP: On Saturdays in December, you can leave your child ages 6 and up unattended and we will care for them with activities (December 14 and 21). If your child is younger than 6, they may register and participate, but a responsible adult must stay with them for the duration of the event. These events begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. We expect children who are left to be picked up promptly. Ages 6-9 must have an adult fill out a waiver on that morning to be left here in our care. Please peruse our website for selections or give us a call. Registration is mandatory for all. Thank you for your cooperation. Residents only, please.

STORY HOURS CONCLUSION: We are having a two-week winter break on the weeks of December 23 and 30. There will be no Bitty Books, Kiddie Lit, Mother Goose on the loose, or PJ Peeps classes. Please drop in and play in the craft area, use the train table and puppet theatre, or hang out on our computers. All classes will resume in January.

The library has some special holiday hours coming up. We will be open only from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on December 24, closed on December 25, open only from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on December 31, and closed on January 1, 2014. Please stock up accordingly. Items due on December 24 or December 31 must be in the building before closing. Thanks to all of you for your cooperation and understanding, and have a happy and blessed holiday season!

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at, call 603-362-5234, or email us at You also can get news directly sent to your inbox twice a month. Please ask us if you are interested. This is an efficient way to stay abreast of the newest events.

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