By John L. Ross
Corbin Library staff wants to wish the community “Merry Christmas” in more ways than one.
And they plan to do just that 1-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday with several activities designed to boost the holiday spirit and to help feed the hungry in the Tri-County area.
There are a couple of firsts for the annual Christmas at the Library event.
This year, the celebration includes music. “This is the first time we have had music,” Corbin Library Board Member Diane Mitchell said. “And the Christmas events give people the opportunity to help others.”
This is also the first time the celebration has coincided with a canned food drive, Mitchell said.
Those planning to celebrate Christmas at the Corbin Library must bring two non-perishable food items. Mitchell said not only does bringing the food items ensure the library activities are free, but also it helps bulk up the shelves of the TRI-CAN food pantries.
TRI-CAN, which stands for Tri-County Assistance Network, will take those donated food items to help needy families have a better Christmas. The idea for the canned food drive was born from an online discovery. Food drive coordinators Adrienne Pfaff and Erin Hopkins, along with photographer Alexandria Smith, organized this part of the Corbin Library Christmas celebration because local food pantries have been very short on supplies. While they are collecting food items, Smith will be on hand to shoot keepsake photos – with good old Santa Claus.
While bringing the two food items is the ticket to get inside the Library for the Christmas festivities, bringing four or more items ensures the donator something else – a chance to win a gift basket.
The basket contains items donated from several local merchants, including Maggie J’s, Forrest Hills Bowling Lanes, You and Me, Coffee and Tea, Swirls Cupcakes, Applebee’s, Tri-County Cineplex, and Always Summer Tanning.
And then there are the Christmas activities, including music. Corbin High School choir is expected to perform.
On Thursday, Dec. 13, Corbin Public Library’s Joe White will share his skills in creating an origami Christmas ornament for their tree. Also, from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Courtney Norvell, a candidate for 2013 Miss Kentucky and a finalist in 2012 Miss Kentucky, will sing Christmas songs and read stories for the children. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Gary Baxter, with Gibson’s Music, will strum Christmas melodies on his guitar.
On Friday, Dec. 14, Corbin Public Library’s Dee Malloy will tickle the tastebuds by sharing her skills in making edible Christmas ornaments.
From 4-5 p.m. both days, Violinist Brooke Way will both sing and play Christmas music.
Refreshments during the event will be served by Friends of the Corbin Library, who also furnished all needed program supplies for the Christmas at the Library celebration.
“This is our way of saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to the community,” Mitchell said. “We appreciate all the public’s support, and during this event they can see what we have to offer.
“We hope everyone comes out to the library, and we invite everyone to come,” she said. “This is a nice event for the whole community.”