The December holidays are fast approaching, so we are gearing up for our annual Noel Night at the library.

The December holidays are fast approaching, so we are gearing up for our annual Noel Night at the library.

This year, we will once again provide free cookies, carols and crafts for community families. For a fun-filled evening, plan to spend Thursday, Dec. 20, with us.

This is a learning experience as well. The first 75 children will receive a holiday fun book, from which they will learn some interesting facts about the three holidays. Plan to participate in Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah crafts and games. Take part in the scavenger hunt and win a prize.

Special entertainment will include the Crestview High School elite show choir Chanticleer, led by Kevin Lusk, Crestview First United Methodist Church hand bell choir also led by Kevin Lusk, the worship music team from Emmanuel Baptist Church, led by Justin Wyatt, and a special Christmas solo by Jenna Renee Lewis, our local junior soloist.

Take a stroll through the library and enjoy the special Christmas trees decorated by Edney, Bay and Laurel Hill Headstart preschool classes, and Kids Discovery, Shoal River Learning Center and both Child Care Network preschool classes.

Bring a can or boxed food item for our donation box for “Sharing and Caring.” During December, the library will forgive fines up to $20 for food, with each food item being worth $1 in fines. All food items will go to our Crestview Sharing and Caring facility. We also have a gift box for slightly used or new children’s books for our “Give the Gift of Reading” campaign. These gift books will go to Okaloosa Headstart children.

In the spirit of giving, we hope you will purchase a Christmas ornament for our “Book Donation Tree” to help us buy new books for the library. The next time you are in the library, ask about it.

Our Friends of the Crestview Library sponsor these holiday events.


Come in and check out our collection of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa books.


“When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.” — Isaac Asimov

Jean Lewis is the director of the Crestview Public Library.