ATLANTA — The E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library held a sing and read with Santa Claus event, brightening spirits before the holiday. 


On Dec. 19 the local children came out to listen to a couple Christmas stories, and sing some Christmas Carols with Santa Claus.


Library Director Belinda Schuler said this was the first time the library had ever done this kind of event.


“We are experimenting to see how well this goes,” she said. “This is the first time we have ever done and read and sing along with Santa.”


Schuler said the Santa Claus Store has been a big success again this year, and one child even bought a present for Santa.


“I have one little guy who comes in here all the time, and he was not able to see Santa last week since he was sick,” she said. “He was so excited to see Santa that he got him a present.”


The Santa Claus Store is a place local children can buy gifts for their parents at 10 cents each. It is wrapped there at the library, and all the money goes to help with other needs.


All of the items at the store are donated by local people as well.


“We really wanted to have a night of Santa coming and reading to the children,” Schuler said. “We wanted the parents to be able to come too.”


A Christmas puzzle was laid out on the table, and once it is complete it will be placed back for donation to a nursing home. A larger puzzle is given to a local lady with bad sight, but she enjoys those holiday puzzles from the library.


Santa Claus read “How to Catch and Elf” and “Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear” to the local children.


Schuler is hoping to expand the event next year with more children, and live music playing in the room.


The sing-a-long included classics like “Jingle Bells” and “12 Days of Christmas.”


Some future events for the coming year include Basket Class, Movie Nights with pizza, and Bingo Nights.