Library group joins Santa to give out books Dec. 7
Children eagerly look through the Friends of the Petoskey Library's selection of books to pick out their free book during the 2011 Candy Cane Village. The Candy Cane Village, which includes the Great Book Giveaway, takes place each year by the Friends during the downtown Petoskey open house. The Friends have several hundred new books ready to give away during this year's open house, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. (Courtesy photo / December 4, 2012)
From 6-8 p.m. that evening, the Friends will serve as Santa's helpers, handing out a book and a candy cane to every child who comes to the village. While adults enjoy cookies and coffee, children can talk to Santa, pick out a book, work on crafts, or create a bookmark to go with their new book. Musical entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by Dr. Goodhart's Home Remedy.
The Friends will also host a used book sale for the grownups during the open house. A variety of used books in excellent condition will be offered for sale, with most priced at $3 and under.
The book giveaway has become a tradition, attracting several hundred children and parents each year. This year's selection of books will include some of the "Michigan Chillers," recently donated by author Johnathan Rand to the Friends.
The Carnegie Building is located at 451 E. Mitchell, next to the Crooked Tree Arts Center and across the street from the library.