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Festival of Trees

This is the third year we have the fun of having the Festival of Trees here at the library. This is a fund raiser for the Friends of the Library and it may be as anticipated as much as the book/bake sale. Various businesses and individuals make up trees to display at the library. Next to every tree is a canister where you can drop in some quarters (or any money amount) to vote for your favorite tree. At the end of the Festival of Trees (after Christmas) the Friends of the Library count up how much each tree earned and the winners are then given gift cards of some kind.

It is a great way to showcase your business. The creativity of each tree is always such a fun thing to see. Be sure to stop in and look over the amazing detail of each tree and don’t forget to vote for your favorite tree!

You can see all the trees and who they belong to in this facebook album. Here is a sampling of the the trees we have here today in no particular order.

 

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Festival of Trees

This is the third year we have the fun of having the Festival of Trees here at the library. This is a fund raiser for the Friends of the Library and it may be as anticipated as much as the book/bake sale. Various businesses and individuals make up trees to display at the library. Next to every tree is a canister where you can drop in some quarters (or any money amount) to vote for your favorite tree. At the end of the Festival of Trees (after Christmas) the Friends of the Library count up how much each tree earned and the winners are then given gift cards of some kind.

It is a great way to showcase your business. The creativity of each tree is always such a fun thing to see. Be sure to stop in and look over the amazing detail of each tree and don’t forget to vote for your favorite tree!

You can see all the trees and who they belong to in this facebook album. Here is a sampling of the the trees we have here today in no particular order.

 

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Building Snowmen in the Library

Building Snowmen in the Library

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On Monday, December 14 the teens gathered at the library for our annual Christmas party.  We like to spoil our Teen Council at Christmas in the form of food, because every teen seems to like to eat (a lot) and Alicia had a meat/cheese/cracker platters set up for them as well as a hot cocoa station.

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After the Library Crash in April following a Teen Council meeting, this front room has been completely in disrepair or under construction.  This was the first time any of us had used the front room for anything at all.  Alicia worked hard to make sure the floors were mopped and the room ready for the teens party.

We started the afternoon off with snacks and cocoa before beginning our first game.  The teens played this last year and it was so fun we had to try it again.  Two boys volunteered to be “snowmen” and then chose their teams to decorate them.

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Each team was given four toilet paper rolls, tape, scissors and construction paper to make any snowman they thought would win in a 15 minute time span.

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Due to basketball and a rather icky flu bug going around, fourth grader Abe volunteered to be a snowman.  We told him he couldn’t talk when the toilet paper went around his mouth.  It was the longest we have ever heard him be quiet!

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Some teens arrived a little later and jumped into teams according to who needed the extra helper.  Miss Denise ran back and forth getting photos of the snowmen in progress but not giving away any hints over who was doing a better job.

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It’s so much fun to see the different teams creativity using the same materials for each snowman.  Each team was VERY particular about the other team not even getting so much as a glimpse of the other team.

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Team A was done first and posed for a photo before time was called.  The funniest thing about this for the snowmen is that they can’t see thanks to their eyes being covered in toilet paper so they have no idea how they look.

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Team H worked until the very last moment.  Miss Nan was called upon to judge between the two snowmen for a winner.  There was a lot of giggling as we waited for the final word to be said.

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Miss Nan chose Team H for the winning snowman.  Team A wandered blindly into the front room and was placed next to Team H for a photo of the snowmen side by side.

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As soon as they were given the okay, the boys tore out of the toilet paper.  Who knew toilet paper worked to keep one so warm?  There was a lot of laughter and Abe immediately began telling everyone the play by play of the process becoming a snowman.

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While the snowmen ran outside to cool off, the teens quickly cleaned up the mess (after being told there would be no Mountain Dew at the next Teen Council if the mess was not taken care of 🙂 ) and we moved on to a new game we found on the internet with this linkhttp://happyhomefairy.com/2011/12/07/a-super-fun-christmas-game/

 

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No one was very thrilled at the idea that Miss Denise was taking their picture.  It’s hard not to look a bit silly with a plate being held on your head.

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The teens were given instructions of what to draw – a Christmas tree, a fire place, a mantel, a present under the tree – and when the last instruction was given, points were added up according to how they did following the instructions.

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The winner was given chocolate and showed off her masterpiece.  It was funny to watch their concentration of drawing and how messed up their drawing really was.

After all that fun, it was time to eat again so Miss Denise pulled out some home made Christmas cookies and the teens decorated them with frosting and sprinkles before gobbling them up.

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It was a VERY fun Teen Council and it was a great way to use the front room for the first time since April.  We may not have Christmas Snow this year (the temps were mild and we had rain!) but we sure felt some Christmas joy that day.

 

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Friends of the Library 2nd Annual Festival of Trees

If you happened to stop in to the library over the month of December you not miss the stunning display of our Festival of Trees.Festival of Trees 2014 001

Eighteen trees were individually decorated from all over the community and patrons could vote for their favorite tree by of money donated. All money went to the Friends of the Library to help fund special library programs.  There was a lot more interest and, dare we say, friendly competition this year.  And we are pleased to announce the winners…

1st Place People’s Choice – Martin’s Big Rock Music Barn

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2nd Place People’s Choice – Gun Lake Women’s Club

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3rd Place – People’s Choice East Martin Christian School Library

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Most Original Use of Ornaments – Little Clippers Daycare

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Most Charitable – PNC Bank of Martin f Martin

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Best of Show – Martin Library Book Club

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You can read about this and other fun news in our monthly newsletter.  Email us if you would like to be added to the email list to receive the newsletter the day it is out!

 

Santa!

It was such a wonderful treat to have Santa Clause come to visit us at the library again this year.  He seems to have a very special place in his heart for all the Martin children – young and old.

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