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COREY KELLY Abington Journal Correspondent



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It’s often said that “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” but the Abington Community Library is twisting that phrase around a bit to say “it’s midnight somewhere.”


This New Year’s Eve, the library plans to celebrate the New Year, or nearly celebrate it. Children from grades four through six are invited to the library for Nearly New Year’s Eve to ring in 2014 in a unique way: by celebrating it before it actually happens. A full 12 hours before the ball drops, children are welcome to arrive at 11 a.m. culminating in a countdown to noon.


The event is being overseen by Clarks Summit resident Nancy Burke.


“We wanted to give the kids a chance to go out and celebrate New Year’s,” Burke said. “There’s going to be balloons, noisemakers, party hats, and confetti. We’re also going to have a variety of word games and board games. We were even thinking about going outside if the weather is good.” Snacks and refreshments will also be served.


Burke handles all the monthly activity planning for this particular age group. Other events Burke can be attributed to include Holiday Mail for Heroes, where children designed cards to send to troops overseas; movie night that showcased “Toy Story 3” and included props for children to play along with through the movie; and Gingerbread House Decorating, which took place Saturday, Dec. 21.


This is the first year the Abington Community Library is hosting Nearly New Year’s Eve, but has high hopes of making it an annual event. The goal of the event is simply to get the children together and have some fun.


“(This is the) perfect opportunity since children at such a young age aren’t typically into stories and at the same time are not old enough to partake in other activities. And New Year’s Eve falls on a Tuesday this year, so we’re really just trying to do something fun for the holiday since it’s a weekday,” said Burke.


But just because the target age group is not typically into books and stories does not mean the library cannot raise awareness. By hosting these events, the library aims to, “Get kids to come back and start checking out books, or stay and read some,” and “promote a learning environment that they can come and do homework in,” said Burke.


The festivities kickoff Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will run from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Anyone wishing to attend can register by calling the Abington Community Library at (570) 587-3440.


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