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Mrs. Claus visits the Headquarters Library for story time

By Rachel Shirey

rachel@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — While Santa Claus won’t be coming to town until next week, Mrs. Claus met with Clayton County youngsters to remind them to be extra good between now and Christmas.

The Clayton County Headquarters Library hosted “Breakfast With Mrs. Claus” Tuesday morning, where Library Assistant Konstantina Bankhead dressed up as Mrs. Claus and read Christmas-themed stories to youngsters.

“It was such a fantastic experience, because I get the opportunity to fill the children’s dream of seeing Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus and I get to hear all the wonderful things that they want for Christmas and how they’ve behaved all school year,” Bankhead said.

Mrs. Claus read stories like “Snappy Sounds Ho Ho Ho,” “Where, Oh Where, is Santa Claus?” and “A Star so Bright, a Christmas Tale” to a crowd of awestruck children fighting for her attention.

Between stories, children danced and sang to holiday Christmas carols like “Jingle Bells” with bells and shakers of their own to accompany the music.

Amari Zellars, 3, was bouncing with excitement as he strained to see the story pictures over the heads of the children in front of him. Zellars was accompanied by his nanny, Morineke Douglas of Jonesboro.

Following story time, kids were invited to have cookies and hot chocolate with Mrs. Claus before lining up to sit on her lap and tell her what they wished Santa would bring them for Christmas.

“He (Amari) was enjoying himself very much,” Douglas said. “He was singing and participating, and of course, couldn’t wait for the cookies. I don’t even know if he’s ever had hot chocolate before, but he’s loving it. He’s dipping his cookies in his hot chocolate and seems to being enjoying himself. It’s a social event.”

“Breakfast with Mrs. Claus” is a popular annual event that typically draws in a large crowd of children with necessary waiting lists. Last year, the library had to start hosting two sessions to accommodate all the children.

However, the crowd was smaller this year due to school still being in session.

Bankhead still believes the event was a hit with the parents and children in attendance.

“They were impressed and they were awesome,” Bankhead said.

“They were awestruck. I think they just loved it. The children were very engaged, they loved the singing. They just all got involved. I think that they enjoyed themselves.”