BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – A number of upcoming Holiday events will be held at the Fannin County Public Library (FCPL) in the next few weeks, according to Branch Librarian Andrew Vickers.
On Thursday, Dec. 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Friends of the Library will be hosting an open house event at the library. Door prizes and refreshments will be followed by a Christmas puppet show from the Mountain Regional Puppet Company.
A Christmas Pajama Movie Night will take place Friday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. at the library. The featured showing will be the cartoon version of the classic Holiday film How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The Hampstead Stage Company, in conjunction will FCPL, will be performing A Christmas Carol at the Blue Ridge First Baptist Youth Center Monday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the festivities as the library celebrates this joyous time of the year. For more details on the events, contact Vickers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 706-632-5263
Christmas Puppet Show Announced
The Mountain Regional Puppet Company has announced their show dates for the upcoming Christmas season. The show will debut at the new Mountain Regional Library in Young Harris on December 13, then travel to all the other branches during the remaining week. The show features three classic children’s Christmas books. Animals are featured in Bear Stays Up for Christmas and A Wish to be a Christmas Tree. And then the show finishes with an interpretation of Raymond Briggs’ famous story entitled The Snowman.
In 2016, staff members of the Mountain Regional Library formed a production troupe dedicated to puppet performance. Led by Library Director Vince Stone, this group scripts, choreographs, and performs professional level puppet shows for our community.
The main purpose of these productions is to use puppetry as a creative means to promote literacy and the library. This year’s Christmas production was sponsored by a generous gift from the Friends of Union County Library.
FOUCL president Sally Woodworth says, “We are so proud to help fund this exciting program for our community. The team at Mountain Regional does a wonderful job incorporating books and storytelling in such a unique and entertaining fashion. There are almost as many adults in attendance as there are children. If you haven’t seen them, please come.”
“An innovative aspect of our production is the use of video,” says Stone. “One of the largest challenges in puppetry is making scenic backgrounds and backdrops. By having a huge TV on the back portion
of our stage, we can put the puppets in any setting…a forest, an ocean, a house. Doesn’t matter. This helps the story come alive.”
The 2016 Christmas Show Dates
Mountain Regional Library @ 5 p.m. December 13
Fannin County Public Library @ 5 p.m. December 15
Union County Library @ 11. a.m. December 17
Towns County Library @ 5 p.m. December 19
This show is appropriate for all ages and is free to the public.