Last night was our city's annual festival Christmas in the Square. It takes place in the blocks surrounding city hall. Organizations around town, such as churches, animal rescue groups, etc., join in the fun and have booths set up. Children's crafts, ice sculptures, a tree lighting ceremony, carriage rides, and visits with Santa Claus are just some of the fun activities they have for free, and there are many carnival culinary treats to indulge in as well. The festival starts at 5:30 and ends at 9:30, and is always on the first Thursday of the month.
The library has participated in years past, each time with a craft. Last year we began handing out bags stuffed with information about the library, including services that parents would be interested in (storytimes, homework help databases, ebooks). We also began inviting a costumed character to our booth. We had two children's librarians (me and a colleague) and a library assistant, as well as the character.