Children’s Librarian Amanda Hairston reads a book to children attending the Harker Heights Public Library’s New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 29.


The Children’s Section of the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library was filled with a flurry of activity the evening of Dec. 29 as a small group of six to seven families gathered for an early New Year’s Eve party.

Children in attendance ranged in age from 1 to 8 years old.

Amanda Hairston, children’s librarian, welcomed the group and distributed goodies needed for a successful party, such as Happy New Year hats, horns, books, toys and more.

Hairston began the party by reading several books.Counting backwards was taught by using the New Year countdown clock.

“During this time, we also talk about the months of the year, and it’s a good jumping off place into January when we learn about the days of the week and our increments of time,” Hairston said.

After reading one more book and several honks on the party horns, Hariston brought out the toys and the atmosphere in the room began to stir.

Some of the participants attending the party were Shequea Prescott and her daughter, Zaryel, 2, from Killeen. Alison and Linwood Darkis accompanied their daughter, Valina, 1, along with Lameisha West and her daughter, Melissa, 8, and son, David, 4.

The library holds Family Night activities every Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information on the library’s activities and offerings, go the library’s website:

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