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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Heights Library Offering Winter Programs

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

With the chilly weather now entering the area, families may now be wondering what programs are available for them and their children. Fortunately, the Stewart C. Meyer Public Library in Harker Heights is offering their own twist of seasonal events.

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Children enjoy hot chocolate during the annual Polar Express Night hosted by the Harker Heights Public Library.

It kicked off with the Polar Express Night on Friday, December 1. The reading took place at Barnes & Noble, and is an annual event hosted by the library. The event was created to be a night of magic, imagination and holiday fun. Children and their families came out for the reading and to enjoy other “Polar-themed” activities. The party began with children, many dressed in their pajamas, getting their tickets punched and boarding the “train”. Children listened as Lisa Youngblood, the library director, read aloud from “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg and added sound effects. Youngblood was dressed as a train conductor, engaging the children with active participation by encouraging them to jump, wiggle, and make train sounds along with her.

After the story, the kids joined their parents for fun events like snowflake making, ice block building, ice fishing, and playing in fake snow—a mixture of baking soda and hair conditioner to create a cold, snow-like substance—face painting, as well as enjoying cookies and a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Other programs at the library targeted towards younger aged children include ‘Lap Sit’, where newborns through 18-month-old babies and their parents work and play together with a variety of stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and more. The Baby & Toddler Art Experience will take place from December 12 through December 26 on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. for children 18 months and younger and at 10:00 a.m. for 19 months through 5 years old. Children will be invited to explore art for the very young. Parents and caregivers will enjoy exposing their little ones to different art mediums—from clay to paint to paper, children will build small muscle skills, explore color and texture, practice hand-eye coordination, and expand their creativity. Clubs and activities for school-age children include the Paper Crafts Club, which will take place every second Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Children of all ages and their parents or guardians gather together to craft scrapbooking pages, greeting cards, and more.

Programs aimed at teens will kick off on Friday, December 15, with a Teen Holiday Bash. The Christmas party invited teens aged 12 through 17 to socialize and enjoy amenities. Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokémon Mini Tournaments are held very Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The library is hosting these mini battles for ages 8 through 17.

For more information about the library’s winter programs, visit http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/library.


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