By Heather Lusk
Giving children the power to shop and select gifts in a safe environment, the Friends of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library will hold its second annual Secret Snowflake Shop.
“It’s an opportunity for children to come and shop for family members, friends and caregivers,” Friends of the Library President Erin Czajkowski said.
Related adults aren’t allowed in the room while children shop for gifts. Friends of the Library volunteers will help the children select their items and have them wrapped “in a safe place with proceeds benefitting the library,” Czajkowski said.
Each gift is $3 with proceeds going toward library programming. While registration is not required, it’s encouraged.
“We’re asking people if possible to register online,” Czajkowski said. “We’ll follow up to see who they’re shopping for so we have a sense of the number of gifts needed.”
The Secret Snowflake Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. The Friends of the Library is accepting donations of small gift items, holiday gift bags and wrapping paper.
While kids are shopping, the Friends of the Library will have holiday books and crafts for sale in the first floor Hoffman Room.
Several other holiday events for kids will take place at the library that day. At 10 a.m. children can have cookies and hear a story from Buddy the Elf, followed by a drop-in craft in the middle of the day with a holiday concert from 2 to 4 p.m. The concert, open to everyone, will feature music by local groups such as the ZUMC handbell choir and ZMS’ Strolling Strings.