Santa Shindig

ST. MARYS — Electronics, dolls and a pony topped the lists of desires for area children who wrote letters to Santa Monday night at the St. Marys Community Public Library.

The library held its annual open house, featuring a slew of holiday-themed activities, including a visit with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus and the opportunity to write a letter to Santa among others.

“A phone,” Tayla Meeker, 7, said of what she is hoping Santa will bring her this year as she completed her letter.

Tayla’s sister, Reanna, 8, said she has her sights set on a larger present.

“A pony,” she said.

Samantha Ackroyd, 10, said she is also hoping for an electronic item in her stocking.

“I want a (Nintendo) DS game called Super Mario Brothers,” Samantha said, noting that she has a similar game on the Nintendo Wii but was hoping for the DS version.

Jacob Ackroyd, 4, said he is hoping to receive a sporting item.

“I want a baseball bat,” he said, noting that when he turns 5, he will be able to play baseball.

Torie Miller, 3, said she had a few items on her list for Santa.

“A jump set and a baby doll and dress-up clothes,” Torie said of what she was hoping to receive. She said she enjoys dressing up as Belle.

Brandon Miller, 8, said he put a special bowling set in his letter to Santa.

“I want an electric bowling set,” Brandon said.

In addition to the letters to Santa, which will be printed in The Evening Leader, area children enjoyed cookies and punch provided by the Friends of the Library and a visit and a picture with


After their picture was printed, children could decorate a frame for their Santa picture.

St. Marys Community Public Library Director Sue Pittman noted the craft was popular at last year’s open house.

“We did that last year and it was very popular,” Pittman said, noting that the frames can be hung on a Christmas tree or on the wall.

A special storytime with Mrs. Claus was popular among attendees, who heard a variety of holiday classics, including “The Night Before Christmas.”

“Mrs. Claus donates her time every year,” Pittman said.

“She enjoys reading stories to the children.”

Pittman said the library hosts the open house to give back to the community.

“We do this to give back to the community,” she said, noting that the event has been held for approximately 10 years. “It gives us an opportunity to open up the library to the families and enjoy an evening with all the holiday activities.”

Library Board Member Don Glaser added that the event gives families time to see programs that they may not normally be able to attend.

“It gives people the opportunity to experience storytime and other things offered at the library during business hours,” he said.

Pittman noted that last year’s event brought in approximately 150 people.

She said this year 218 attended the open house, with 37 writing letters to Santa, and 100 families doing the craft/taking a picture with Santa.

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