2017-12-17 / Insight

‘Nearly New Year’s’ to be held during holiday break

Marguerite deAngeli Library
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LAPEER — Adults have their traditions when it comes to ringing in the new year, but there’s no reason kids can’t have their own, too.

That’s the idea behind “Nearly New Year’s” celebration set for Friday, Dec. 29 — a highlight for Lapeer District Library during the week of Christmas vacation that begins Dec. 20.

It’s the second year of the event, according to Dena Moscheck, children’s department head at Lapeer District Library.

She says it’s intended to be a New Year’s celebration for “kids of all ages.”

It will be held at the Marguerite deAngeli Branch in Lapeer and is set to run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“We do a countdown to noon, along with a balloon drop,” Moscheck said.

Kids also will have opportunities to make noisemakers, dance, and more, she said.

“It’s really a daytime New Year’s Eve party,” Moscheck said. “We’ll read some stories about New Year’s, talk about New Year’s around the world… it’s really just a fun event.”

According to Maria Adcock, founder of BiculturalMama.com, such events provide for learning opportunities connected to New Year’s that go beyond confetti, fireworks, and late night celebrations.

Specifically, potential aspects of the holiday that can be turned into educational opportunities are:

• Time — The changing year opens the door to teach about the 12 months found on the traditional (Gregorian) calendar. Adcock suggests pointing out holidays and birthdays along the way throughout the year to help kids grasp the concept of time.

• Reflection — Adcock suggests creating a journal to write about the highs and lows of the previous 12 months. If a child is too young to write, consider making a recording.

• Scientific — A new year allows for explanation of how the rotation of the Earth around the sun takes a full year. Of course, the library has plenty of books about our planet and the solar system.

• Goals — Similar to reflecting on the past, have kids write down (or verbalize) goals looking forward. Setting goal dates is suggested by Adcock.

• Multicultural — Because some cultures don’t follow the Gregorian calendar, adults can teach kids about other cultures. An example is the Chinese New Year.

Moscheck said about 20 people participated in the inaugural version of the Lapeer District Library’s “Nearly New Year’s.”

Registration for the event is required, she said, and library officials are aiming to double the number of participants from last year.

More information can be found at www.library.lapeer.org under “calendar of events.”

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