By RODNEY D. BOAM
The Library began hosting their annual Polar Express on Monday, Nov. 28, and it will go until Dec. 10. The event is sponsored by the the Friends of the Library, the Kiwanis Club, the Preston High School Key Club and the Jr. High Builders Club.
The Polar Express gives children an opportunity to feel the magic of Christmas by writing a letter to Santa Claus and sending it to his workshop in the North Pole. With the assistance of Santa’s helpers the letters are answered and sent back to the the children, if they put a return address on their letter.
“We have even had some adults write letters,” said Carolyn Rounds, a Kiwanis Club member.
“We have been doing this for a lot of years. The Kiwanis used to do it during the time Franklin County Medical Center sponsored Christmas Village at the Preston High School Gym. When FCMC quit doing the Christmas Village, the Polar Express needed a home. So the Library began to host the event and they have been doing it since.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there on Dec. 10, from noon to 2 p.m., to visit with the children at the end of the letter writing campaign. They will also receive a book from the Larsen-Sant Library.
Rounds said the Polar Express has been a lot of fun and grown over the years. She has seen as many as 300 letters a year be mailed to Santa during the library event. With that many letters the postage sometimes can be quite expensive, but Rounds said it’s worth it .
She said one of the advantages to holding it in the library is it brings people through the doors to see what a good facility the Larsen-Sant Library is. It’s also an opportunity for the children to receive a book.
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