By Cowboy State Daily
A celebration of holiday traditions from around the world will greet visitors to the Burns branch of the Laramie County Library on Friday.
“Holidays Around the World” will give children a chance to celebrate the holiday traditions of other countries in a program that will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., said Kasey Mossey, communications coordinator for the Laramie County Library system.
“The whole point is to celebrate diversity, to teach children that there are a ton of different holiday celebrations that happen all over the world,” she said.
The program will feature crafts, games and snacks, all based on different holiday traditions and celebrations.
Among the events will be a dreidel game, a game involving a top played during Hanukkah, a Mexican hat dance to commemorate Christmas celebrations in Mexico and the making of tree-shaped Rice Krispies treats as a nod to German holiday traditions.
Attendees will also make “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” ornaments out of paper plates and make drums from oatmeal containers to celebrate Kwanzaa.
Children will also be given books during the celebration to recognize Christmas celebrations in Iceland, where books are traditionally exchanged, Mossey said.
“(The librarian in Burns) is trying to collect enough books to give a book away to each kid who comes in,” she said. “And if she doesn’t reach that goal, it is a library, so they can check books out.”
People wishing to donate books to help the Burns library reach its goal may do so by dropping off books at the Burns Library at 112 Main St.
For more information on the celebration, visit the Laramie County Library’s website at LaramieCountyLibrary.org.