The Tulare County Library branches will have visits from
the North Pole Senior Citizen during the week of December 17 through 22.In preparation for his visit, children will
be able to write letters, on holiday stationary, to give him.Santa will talk with the children and hand
out candy canes. He'll collect the letters the children have written earlier,
and take them to Macy's as part of the Make A Wish program.
addition, the branches will offer holiday crafts for children to make for gifts
or decorations.The kids may choose from
Christmas Tree, Jingle Bell Necklace, Snowman Ornament, Personalized Ornament
or Gingerbread House Photo Ornament crafts.For the Gingerbread House craft, library staff members will take the
child's picture, which can be inserted in the frame.Seasonal themed paper will be available for
children who wish to wrap their crafts as gifts for parents or teachers.
holiday activities will take place at different times during the week at the
Alpaugh, Dinuba, Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Lindsay, Orosi, Pixley,
Springville, Strathmore, Three Rivers, Tipton and Woodlake branch libraries.
Visalia main library will also take part in the Macy's Make a Wish letter
writing campaign.Instead of children's
crafts, the Tween Ductivities program on Thursday, December 19, will feature a
seasonally themed project.To wrap up
the holiday activities, Christmas films will be shown all day, Saturday,
December 21, in the Visalia library.
Reports are now in from the branches of the Tulare County Library and Foodlink on the November "Food for Fines" program, and the project was even more successful than expected.
In addition to the $2405.60 in fines forgiven by the main Visalia Library, the branches tallied another $1554.67, and $80 in cash was donated, for a total value for the foodstuffs of $4040.27.
"The real cost of the donated items is undoubtedly higher," commented County Librarian Jeff Scott. "Foodlink let us know the total for all branches, including Visalia, was 4660 pounds of food. The Foodlink folks are very pleased and are looking forward to being able to give many hungry Tulare residents a happy holiday. All fifteen librarybranches are proud of our patrons for making this drive a great event."
Today the Tulare County Library gave more than 150 boxes of food items to Foodlink. The donations were the results of the month-long November "Food for Fines" program held in all fifteen branches of the county library.
Last month, anyone who brought in non-perishable food items to any branch of the Tulare County Library had their fines reduced or eliminated. The library forgave $2405.60 in fines for donors to the program. In addition, many library patrons made donations without having fines on their library accounts.
"Our generous Tulare county residents did not have to contribute to us. They made this program more than a success," said County Librarian Jeff Scott. "They made it a holiday spirit success."
The book boxes filled with food were picked up by Foodlink for Tulare County today. They will restock the pantries of food banks throughout the county. Items collected from the fifteen branches will be distributed in each branch's local community and surrounding areas. "Food for Fines" is a new team effort sponsored by the library and Foodlink. It will be held semi-annually in the months of November and April.
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