December will be a big month for Hewitt Public Library as they celebrate their 40th year serving the Hewitt area and its surrounding communities. The library will host a celebration for its big anniversary on Dec. 8 and offer special holiday activities during the first 12 Days of Christmas.
HPL began in 1983 when two Hewitt residents started a small library at First Baptist Church. Eventually the burgeoning library outgrew this location and in 1984, the library moved from the church to a shopping center. The library then relocated to the Hewitt Community Services Building in 1993, and eventually found a new home in their state-of-the-art facility on Patriot Court in 2016.
To celebrate the library’s history, HPL will host a celebration that will include live music, light hors d'oeuvres, pictures with Santa, and an art gallery highlighting the work of Dr. Spencer Moore.
“It’s really just a time of fellowship to celebrate the last 40 years and to recognize those that helped along the way,” said Hewitt Public Library director, Waynette Ditto.
Along with thanking contributors and patrons of the library with an anniversary party, HPL is also celebrating the holiday season with 12 Days of Christmas from Dec. 1 through Dec. 12.
“It’s just a little something extra we provide for the community to celebrate the start of the holiday season,” Ditto said.
Each day of the 12 Days, the library will offer one free Christmas-themed event including pictures with Santa, holiday story times, a Christmas scavenger hunt, adult, teen and kids craft days, a Christmas curiosity cart, a holiday music and movement class, and more.
“These events are a chance for you to do something special with your family and enjoy a good time at the library,” Ditto said. “We really think it’s going to be a magical season.”
For more information on the 12 Days of Christmas, the library’s 40th Anniversary celebration, and all the things Hewitt Public Library has to offer, www.cityofhewitt.com, visit the library’s Facebook page, or call (254) 666-2442.
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