PILOT MOUNTAIN — If you find yourself pushed by rampant commercialism into a decidedly “humbug” state of mind, the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library’s holiday bedtime stories could kick start your Christmas spirit.
“Our holiday bedtime stories are an annual event here at the library for us,” explained branch librarian Anna Nichols. She said the event is scheduled for Dec. 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the library at 319 West Main Street in Pilot Mountain.
Nichols explained the holiday “retreat” from hustle and bustle has been going on for more than a decade at the library. She said it began with volunteer Joni Metz, a local storyteller who worked with the children’s library of Pilot Mountain. Nichols said thirty years ago Metz was known for playing the character of mother goose. She also painted several murals at the library.
“She was also so creative. The holiday bedtime stories program was her brainchild,” added Nichols. “She brought a bed with stuffed animals and set it up in the basement of the library. We revered this and wanted to revive it.”
Nichols said organizers try to offer something different in the program yearly. The evening of the event, a large “bed” will be assembled on the basement’s floor for participants of all ages. Stories from all over the world have been featured in previous years as well as Christmas favorites.
“We invite everyone to come, snuggle up on the big, cozy bed and hear holiday stories and poems. The children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite teddy bear,” said Nichols. “We pile up on the bed and listen to the music and stories.” She said this year she and assistant branch librarian Sandy Phillips will be serving as storytellers and will also include some poetry as well.
Nichols said members of the children’s choir at Pilot Mountain Middle School will be performing seasonal music for the bedtime story night. They will be under the direction of Sherry Collins. A variety of refreshments including hot chocolate and cookies will be offered.
“This event is free and open to everyone,” explained Nichols. “We have designed it to be a chance for families to enjoy a sweet, gently evening together. We sing, tell stories, listen to music and then we sugar everybody up with refreshments and send everyone home with a warm, cozy feeling. This is an old fashioned evening. Nothing elaborate. Just families getting to spend some time with one another.”
Adults who bring the children to the program are asked to stay with the kids and even participate in the activities. Nichols said in past years families who home school their children have come, and while the younger children enjoy story time, the older ones use resource books they need from the library or use the Internet.
“We are so appreciative of the support we’ve gotten from the community,” said Nichols. “Many have helped us purchase things for the program like the hot chocolate. It’s very sweet. People have come in and asked us what we need and then supplied it.”
Persons wishing more information on the program may call 336-368-2370.