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Boring and traditionally wrapped packages are out and innovation is in this holiday season.
As residents read silently in the library Saturday afternoon, sounds of paper being cut and bows being tied filled the air with the holiday spirit.
“I just love Christmas and was looking forward to helping people make their gifts stand out this year,” said volunteer Consuela Samarripa, as she transformed a big, red ribbon into a festive bow.
Helping the gift-wrapping impaired was the goal behind Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library’s third annual gift-wrapping class.
Despite a sparse turnout, it didn’t dampen the spirits of Lisa Reyes, reference librarian, or Samarripa, who offered their “out-of-the-box” gift-wrapping techniques.
Trial and error is the name of the game when it comes to creating new library programs.
“We like to try out new programs and get the community’s input,” Reyes said. “Last year we had a pretty good rush of people, which is why we offered it again.”
The pair dove into the table filled with several varieties of wrapping paper, yards of ribbon and innovative package toppers and decked out packages for their loved ones.
“Instead of using a bow to complete a gift, tie a cookie cutter or a bell onto it,” Reyes said.
She said it is good to allow creativity when wrapping a gift.
“What I like to do, especially if I am gifting someone something for their kitchen, I like to wrap it in a hand towel. It’s more personal and it’s green,” Reyes said.