Christmas on Sesame Street event a success at McIver’s Grant

Thursday, December 7, 2017
McIver’s Grant Public Library hosted Christmas on Sesame Street Monday evening where over 200 children and family members attended the event. Children were given an opportunity to meet Santa and Elmo, make a craft, and play various games, including helping Big Bird create a comfortable nest (seen here).

BRANDON HUTCHESON

bhutcheson@stategazette.com

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Children were treated with special guests at the event, which included Elmo from Sesame Street (above) and Santa Claus (below).

That question was easily answered Monday evening, as the beloved children’s television show was the theme to McIver’s Grant Public Library’s annual Christmas event. Over 200 local children and parents attended Christmas on Sesame Street at the library, which occurred from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and enjoyed various games, crafts, as well as an opportunity to meet Santa Claus and Elmo.

Those attending the event were divided into 4 groups, which rotated through 4 separate stations.

Making his way from the North Pole was Santa Claus, who occupied 1 of the 4 stations. Saint Nick was on hand to talk to children about their Christmas wish list, and parents were given the opportunity to take photos of their children with Santa. For those children who were waiting, or not quite sure about seeing Santa up close, they could play pin-the-nose-on-Rudolph at the station.

Following a chance to meet Santa, children were given an opportunity to meet and take photos with a furry, red monster from Sesame Street – the one and only Elmo! Elmo was stationed in the Kids Zone Reading Room with the library’s own Lara Freidhof. Together, Elmo and families visited, took pictures, danced to Sesame Street songs, and played games inspired by the show’s characters.

The craft station was a fun place to be as members of the Junior Auxiliary and Dyer County Key Club aided children in creating an Elmo Christmas ornament.

At the craft station, which was set up in the library’s Kids Zone, members of the Junior Auxiliary and Dyer County Key Club helped children create an Elmo Christmas ornament. For those who completed their craft early, they were given a chance to play games such as Oscar’s Trash Toss and Feed Cookie Monster.

The final station consisted of a game in which children helped Big Bird create a comfortable nest. Whether children decided to work as a team, worked individually, were cautious or hurried, the object of the game was to make Big Bird’s nest by carrying 1 feather at a time on a spoon, while walking a designated path.

After making their ornament, children were given an opportunity to play Oscar’s Trash Toss and Feed Cookie Monster (above). Keeping in the theme, McIver’s Grant Public Library was transformed into the beloved children’s show with the various decorations (below).

“We want to thank all the families who took time out of their busy holiday schedules to take a trip down Sesame Street with us,” said Vanessa Cain, McIver’s Grant Public Library director of Children and Youth Services. “Also, there are no words big enough to thank our community volunteers. Jeff Jones made the evening as Santa Claus and Madison Reeves stole the show as Elmo. Jordan Willis, our Friends of the Library president, worked very hard creating the Sesame Street-themed decorations and transforming our library into that familiar street we grew up on. Dyer County Junior Auxiliary stepped up in a big way, and – as always – we relied on our core group of dedicated and awesome volunteers to put this event together. I am amazed and humbled each time these ladies step in to help decorate, set up, tear down and work our events. Their only pay is the smile on the children’s faces and our gratitude. Neither can be measured.”

The Christmas on Sesame Street event officially kicked off the holiday season at McIver’s Grant Public Library. Other holiday events scheduled at the library include LEGO Club and Winter Break Fun.

Children can aid the LEGO men in creating ornaments for their tree at the LEGO Club event on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. The library’s Winter Break Fun will occur from Tuesday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 21 at 11:15 daily, featuring books, crafts, games and activities.

The library will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday and Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

For any additional info regarding events, contact McIver’s Grant Public Library at 731-285-5032 or visit the library at 410 W. Court St.

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