|Donner at Verona Public Library|
On a foggy Saturday in December, three real reindeer and their "elf" handlers visited the Verona Library (from Reindeer Games, Hartford, WI) to the delight of 1200+ people of all ages. Many people chose to wait in line to sit in a real sleigh and have their photo taken next to a reindeer, while others just cozied right up to the corral for an up-close look at the striking animals and to ask questions from their knowledgeable caretakers. Meanwhile, inside the library a local musician entertained the crowd with holiday songs and the library staff provided free hot chocolate. In our large meeting room and story room, families kept busy making paper snowflakes and other seasonal crafts. The cost of the reindeer rental was paid for by the Friends of the Library, who also used the occasion to showcase their silent auction. It was an afternoon/evening filled with good cheer.