‘Noon Year’s Eve’ rings in 2020 for kids at the library

The Friends of the Point Pleasant Borough Library ushered in 2020 with a festive “Noon Year’s Eve Party” Dec. 31 that culminated with the release of balloons and tooting of horns by dozens of children who came to join the celebration. (STEVE WEXLER/THE OCEAJ STAR).

POINT PLEASANT — With party hats on and noisemakers in hand, the Point Pleasant Borough Library helped children and families from across the community ring in the new year in style.

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the library and Friends of the Point Pleasant Borough Library hosted the first annual Noon Year’s Eve Party, where dozens of children and families enjoyed a morning of arts and crafts fun before helping library members count down to the new year.

“It is so nice to see all the families today. It is hard to find things to do with kids to keep them engaged, especially for New Years, and I think this just draws people to the library to just kind of recharge and to remember that the library does a lot of activities for families and getting kids excited with fun ways to connect with literacy,” Suzanne McNamara said.

“This is a really neat program and it is nothing like anything else in the area. It sounds like this is the first year they are doing it and I really hope that they continue to do it.”

The meeting room of the library, located on Beaver Dam Road, was bustling with activity Tuesday as the Noon Year’s Eve Party got underway. When not having fun running around playing with their horns and party hats, children tapped into their creative sides, decorating small paper plates with stickers or writing “Happy New Year” and “2020” as they made their own noisemakers. At another table, glittery fun was had as children decorated new year glasses to get into the holiday spirit. 

“We just came here to go to the library and get some books and ended up at the party and it’s really good for the kids because they don’t ever get to see the ball drop,” Jessica Andes said.

Children also wrote some of their own New Year’s resolutions on a whiteboard, which ranged from reading more books, playing more board games, learning to cook or to swim, helping around the house and many more.

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