Katherine VonWert

Katherine VonWert, assistant director of the library, organizes the Christmas book display. She invites local children to make Christmas ornaments, decorate cookies and trim the library tree during the library’s Christmas party, set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Library Assistant Director Katherine VonWert invites local children to make Christmas ornaments, decorate cookies and trim the tree Tuesday, Dec. 4, during the Coffee County Lannom Memorial Public Library Christmas Party.

“We have lots of things going on, and we are very excited,” VonWert said. “It’s a way to help us decorate the library for Christmas.”

The party starts at 6 p.m. and visitors will not only have fun but they will also have a chance to get creative, said VonWert.

“We want to make sure the kids make Christmas ornaments and Christmas cookies,” she said. “We’ll have tree-trimming and book art as well. And Santa Claus will be here, so come and bring your children to get pictures with Santa Claus.”

VonWert said the library has had great success with the annual party, launched by employees three years ago.

“This is our third Christmas party and we had 86 children last year, so we wanted to do that again,” VonWert said. “We didn’t realize how much of a turnout we would get and we want to continue with something that is really successful.”

In addition to celebrating Christmas and getting into the holiday spirit, VonWert said she wants to spark the children’s interest in reading.

“We want to get people interested in books and continuing to read throughout the holiday season,” she said.

VonWert encouraged parents and caregivers to engage children with reading activities at home.


12 Books of Christmas

One way to involve the entire family in a child’s reading would be setting a goal to read 12 books over the holiday, said VonWert; and the library offers various Christmas books for readers of any age.

“We have some timeless Christmas books, such as ‘The Snowy Day’ by Ezra Jack Keats and ‘Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition’ by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell,” she said. “There are many timeless books available and so many new Christmas books available.”

VonWert also suggested adding a trivia element to the 12 Books of Christmas activity.

“During the holidays, you can read with your children every night,” she said. “If you read 12 Christmas books, on Christmas Day you can have a trivia, where you have teams and questions about each of the books to see who remembers what they read and what characters were in the story.”

That’s a great way to read through the holiday season and have fun, she said.

“You can also have prizes and give a present to the team with the most points.”


Book suggestions

The library offers a number of books that would be perfect for Christmas reading activities, said VonWert. 

In addition to those named above, some of the books she recommended are “Bear Stays Up for Christmas” by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman; “The Christmas Quiet Book” by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska; “The Gruffalo’s Child” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler; “The Girl Who Saved Christmas” by Matt Haig; “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg; and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Laurel Long.

“We have lots of holiday movies, too,” VonWert said. “And if you want to do some trivia, not only with books but with movies, you can compare the book to the movie and talk about what’s different.”

The Coffee County Lannom Public Library is located at 312 N. Collins St. and can be reached by calling 455-2640.

Elena Cawley can be reached via email at ecawley@tullahomanews.com.