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December 21, 2017 Wellman library hosts Santa
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In the final week before his busiest night of the year, Santa took some valuable time out of his hectic schedule to visit Wellman the morning of Dec. 16.

The early arriving crowd was a bit of a shy one. Tears were shed and adults were used as human shields as some of the young visitors were a little hesitant in approaching Santa.

One of these shy children was Molly Gill. She was more than happy to divulge that an iPad, like the one her mom had, was high on her wish list. When the time came to tell the man in question, she chose to keep her distance and take her spot in the foreground of the picture with her cousin, staying a few feet away from Santa’s lap where her family member was already stationed.

Gill, who wanted the iPad to watch YouTube videos of horses like the ones in her favorite show “Black Beauty,” had already had the prospect of an actual horse ruled out.

The first arrival of the day had no such reservations about making his wishes known. Giving an excited “Yeah!” when asked if he was ready to see Santa, 3-year-old Aaden Tadlock was very vocal about the fact he was looking forward to having Toothless, the dragon from the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise, under his tree this year.

For those that weren’t too excited about approaching Santa, the event, hosted by the library in the former Alternative Learning Center space, offered plenty of holiday-themed activities. With the assistance of a crew of helpful elves, kids had the opportunity to make their own ornaments, decorate festive cookies, and take a Christmas-themed picture.

Under the Christmas tree, the library also provided books for kids to enjoy and apples were also provided to balance out the sweets that were offered.

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