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Let the kids enjoy New Year’s festivities 12 hours early

If staying up late isn’t your thing, but you still want to celebrate, head to a library.

The Indian Trail, Shadle and South Hill branches of Spokane Public Library are hosting Noon Year’s Eve parties on Saturday.

During the celebration at Indian Trail, public services librarian Cathy Bakken plans to read “Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution,” and partygoers will make crafts and learn about New Year’s traditions.

Bakken will also have sheets for children to fill out: a year in review and resolutions for the coming year. “To remember where they’ve been and look forward to where they’re going,” Bakken said.

Then, there will be the big countdown to noon, with balloons and bubbles.

The party is geared toward kids from preschool age to about fifth grade, though it’s open to all. The formate be similar at all three branches, though there might be different stories or crafts.

Last year’s party was lots of fun, Bakken said. She’s hoping to see some familiar faces and some new ones, too.

And she’s happy to offer a party for children who can’t stay up late, and “the parents as well – some of them can’t make it up till midnight.”

Kimberly Lusk


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