The Gravette Public Library was the center of activity before the 2021 Christmas Parade began. Children selected elves from the Ornament Tree, visitors selected CB to You art kits from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Friends of the Gravette Public Library served warm spiced cider and cookies while everyone waited for the parade to begin.
It was delightful to see everyone. In addition to the activities, the Circulation Desk was busy checking items in and out as well as issuing new memberships.
The front windows of the library were decorated to reflect an "Old Fashioned Christmas" although we realized that "Old Fashioned" means different things to different people. One of the windows was decorated to resemble a toy shop and included a doll that belonged to Mrs. Karen when she was five years old. The other window housed a Christmas village. It was so much fun to watch the children as they pressed their noses to the window to look at the small buildings and the look of wonder when they spied Santa and his sleigh. Some even noticed Carlton, the library elf, sitting on the window sill and enjoying the parade.
The library staff wishes to thank you for stopping by the library. This was the first year that the new Friends of the Gravette Public Library hosted the event and we appreciate their support of the library and service to the community. The Jolly Good Times Home Extension Club provided the delicious cookies. There was quite a variety that included everything from butter cookies to snickerdoodles to chocolate cookies and more.
As for everyone who has asked about the spiced cider, this recipe is our gift to you.
Add the following to one-half gallon of apple juice:
2 packets Alpine Apple Cider mix,
1/3 box of Red Hots, and
a spice bag containing 2 cinnamon sticks and 5 cloves.
Warm over low heat, allowing the spices to blend and the Red Hots to melt. Stir and serve warm. Enjoy!
(Photo of Friends of the Gravette Public Library members by Teresa Davis.)