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Children share tea, cookies and stories at library holiday event


MOUNT AIRY CHILDREN'S library associate Dottie Haschert showed the children how a plain paper plate was transformed into a Christmas angel.

She also demonstrated the many creative uses of recycled Christmas cards. With very little effort and a lot of imagination, the children turned used cards into unique gift tags and tree ornaments.

Participating in "Celebration of Crafts" was originally mom's idea, but Mitch and Carter Goolsby admitted they were having fun making Christmas crafts. Brother and sister decided to surprise their parents with the crafts they made.

The library's children's department, headed by Maria Toomey, provides preschool and school-age children with quality programs during the holiday season.

A Holiday Tea Party last evening was the perfect place for the children to relax with Christmas cookies, hot tea and a holiday story -- while their parents became even more frazzled with the approach of Christmas.

Karen Boggs designed the tea party especially for children. A tablecloth was spread on the floor, and the children gathered together to share cookies that they had brought.

The holiday programs are among the many and varied free children's programs offered throughout the year by the library.

Without the support of library volunteers, it would be impossible for the library to provide the programs, Haschert said. Many volunteers are middle and high school students.

Library mitten tree

The Mount Airy branch library is decorating a Christmas tree with mittens, gloves, scarves and hats, instead of ornaments and tinsel.

The county's libraries are sponsoring these Charlie Brown's Mitten Trees to benefit Neighbors in Need of Carroll County, which provides food, clothing and other items to the poor.

You can help by donating handmade or purchased items for Charlie Brown's tree. Donations will be accepted until Jan. 6.

Calling all artists

Mount Airy's Beautification Commission is offering an area artist the opportunity to design a historical mural on a bare, weathered retaining wall near the downtown business area.

Town officials hope that by spring the otherwise bleak concrete wall will be covered with a colorful and attractive mural signifying one or more of the town's historical events.

The Beautification Commission, chaired by Liz Peterson, is asking artists to submit bids to decorate the 38-foot-long slab at Main Street and Park Avenue by Jan. 31.

The slab ranges in height from nearly 7 feet to 10 inches.

Each proposal should consist of a color sketch and materials needed; wall preparation methods; protective coating, if necessary; a schedule for completing the project; and proposed cost. In addition, the background of the artist and examples of past projects are required.

Bids should be submitted to the Mount Airy Beautification Commission, c/o Town Hall, P.O. Box 48, Mount Airy, 21771.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 12/20/96

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