EAST CHICAGO | The public is invited to join in lighting up the holiday season on Thursday, December 15 at 5 p.m. at the East Chicago Public Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive. A Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled at the main branch, which showcases trees representing some of the ethnic groups that make up the city.
The exhibit offers visitors a view of holiday celebrations from other countries as well as the United States. This year's theme is "Home for Christmas." The Templeton gallery, which is housed in the Main Library, has been transformed into a traditional living room, complete with fireplace, dining table, a Christmas tree and music highlighting the joys of coming home to the warmth and magic of celebrating the holidays with family and friends.
The evening will feature story telling by former librarian Ms. Pearlie Eatman, musical performances by Girl Scout Troop #10217 and Boy Scout Troop #7, and a special dedication to the East Chicago Public Library patriotic tree by Staff Sgt. Bridgette Kelly and American Legion Post 508. A special guest will also make an appearance.
The highlight of the evening is the lighting of the Christmas trees, lights within the library will be dimmed, while staff will turn on the lights to more than 15 Christmas trees. Light refreshments will also be served. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
The public is invited to view the free exhibit during regular library hours through Jan. 6. A smaller display is being featured at the Pastrick Branch library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. For additional information, please contact Ms. Cheryl Smith at 219.397.2453 Ext. 11 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.