Library singing

Natalia Gomez, center, plays with her children Jimmy, 1, and Alejandra, 5, at the library during the library’s Dec. 22 family night program.

abbey sinclair | Herald

Several families took a break from decking the halls Dec. 22 to enjoy some down time at the Harker Heights Public Library in the form of stories and songs.

Children’s Librarian Amanda Hairston read stories such as “Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree,” “Bear Stays Up” and “Counting Christmas” to the kids before leading them in classic holiday tunes such as “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

After books and songs, the 14 kids in attendance dispersed to explore several options available to them including playing with “jingle bells,” making a foam “snow globe” ornament or cooking up something tasty with an assortment of play food and dishes.

“We try to come to the library regularly,” said Heather Hamilton, mother to Joy and Josiah, both 4, and Joni, 6. “The kids always enjoy it here, and the free activities are things that they can all participate in — singing, stories and playing. The library’s staff always does a good job keeping the kids engaged.”

In the story room, Jimmy Gomez, 1, and his sister Alejandra Gomez, 5, were intent on enjoying the play food as their parents Natalia and Pedro looked on.

“We’ve only visited the Killeen library before, so this is our first time here,” Pedro said. “My wife saw the event on Facebook so we figured we would get out and do something with the kids, but we didn’t expect it [the library] to be this big.”

A few feet away in the kid’s reading section, Kyanna Ducey, 7, was putting the finishing touches on her sparkly ornament, complete with snow flakes and a penguin.

“I like coming here for the books,” she explained. “Dr. Seuss books are my favorite, especially ‘The Lorax.’”

“When I lived in Killeen, I would bring my grandkids here all the time,” said Ducey’s grandmother, Tammy Graham. “I live in Kempner now, but I love this library — they have great programs — so I still come whenever I can.”

The library offers programs for children and adults year-round. For more information, visit

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