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Libraries to host Christmas Tree Trimming Festival
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The Barton Community College Learning Resource Center, in conjunction with the Great Bend Public Library, will host a day full of holiday activities for children from 1-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in the BCC LRC. The Christmas Tree-Trimming Festival will kick off "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week," which starts Sunday, Nov. 13.

Children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa, write a letter to Santa, participate in a book walk and make Christmas ornaments. There will also be other activities including Christmas trivia for all ages, a holiday bean bag toss, a reindeer scramble and storytelling.

Ornaments that are made will be displayed on a tree in the Shafer Gallery on campus. Sponsors will also be showing the original cartoon verson of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Activities will be ongoing throughout the day with specific times for the following events:


Santa Claus: 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.


"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" – 4: 30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Book Walk: 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.


Storytelling: Every half hour

Refreshments will also be served. All activities are free. The event is co-sponsored by the BCC Early Childhood Majors students and the BCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week is November 13-19. The book chosen for this year will be Bill Martin’s "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom." Great Bend Public Library will host a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Celebration at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. Any school or day care facility that would like a librarian to visit for Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week may call GBPL Children’s Librarian Eric Coulbourne, 620-792-2409.