What do a trailer, a blow-up Santa Claus, and a giant inflatable SpongeBob SquarePants have in common? They all played a festive role in the Hope Mills Branch Library’s float we created for our city’s annual Christmas parade. Though the parade has been a beloved tradition for the town of Hope Mills, it is our library’s first experience with this holiday celebration. This incredible outreach opportunity has offered a wonderful way for our team to actively share our programs and services with those in our community.
It took both leadership and teamwork on our staffers’ parts to make this event a festive occasion! A staff member generously led our decorating efforts and her family’s personal trailer to support our festive float. Staffers’ creative skills came in handy by utilizing ordinary supplies; youth services staff made a giant snowman from boxes and construction paper, and staff members donated items, including two giant holiday inflatables, to star on the float.
The screams from children recognizing the inflatable SpongeBob SquarePants were heard loud and clear; children even posed for pictures with him after the event. Children and their families called out to the staff members they knew by name as we walked along the parade route. A story time puppet waved from the float’s front row. The library’s costume mascot, CC Leopard, wore festive attire as she danced along the streets.
After the parade, these holiday decorations returned to our library branch for display. The Christmas tree from the float is now decorated with paper ornaments containing inspirational messages from children and their families. This parade allowed us a venue to celebrate the spirit of the holidays with our library customers beyond our building’s walls. Please share what festive ways your library system has found to reach out to your communities during this special time of year!