The holiday season is a magical time for the library. All is transformed by gaudy displays of lights, fake tree branches, and that most hateful of all, cheer.
So here we are, the holiday season. Is your library prepared?
The first thing you want to start with is the crap on the walls. Not literally, that's Moe the Hobo's thing and he does not work here. I am talking about the fake tree branches, the pictures of jolly old fat men, and little chotchkies spread around the library.
Once all the stockings are hung and everything is in place, sit back and think about what more could be put around the library. Little dancing Santas are a good touch, especially if they are the kind that come on with noise. Nothing like little red suited spies to show the patrons they are disturbing others, am I right?
2. The Tree
The center piece of all festivities should be second on your list, only if because this gaudy monstrosity from pagan times can illicit random comments from the uneducated about the true meaning of the season.
As the center of the community that has no major department store or mall, the library can be the only place to host a scary man in a red suit who likes children to sit in his lap. Let that sink in for a moment.