Hazel Park library to hold holiday programs

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published November 21, 2018

HAZEL PARK — Two festive events are coming to the Hazel Park District Library next month.

First up is Crafts with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The library will then host its Holiday Marimba Concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Both events are free and take place at the library at 123 E. Nine Mile Road in Hazel Park.

“Our Santa is the real deal,” said Corrine Stocker, the library director. “Also, it’s nice for parents to be able to take their children to their community library and see Santa for free, rather than going to the mall and spending a lot of money. … It’s a wonderful photo opportunity. Santa is seated in a rocker next to an enormous Christmas tree — it’s very festive!”

Crafts with Santa is an annual event and one of the most popular in the library’s yearly lineup. It’s sponsored by the Hazel Park Library Friends, the library’s fundraising arm. There will be seven types of crafts for the kids to complete, including foam ornaments, scratch art, sun catchers, popsicle stick ornaments and more.  

The crafts begin at 1 p.m., and then Santa Claus himself arrives at 2 p.m. for quality time with the children. They can sit with him, tell him their Christmas wishes and have pictures taken. There will be Christmas music, snacks and candy canes to get people in the holiday spirit. The kids will also receive a brand-new age-appropriate book as a gift.  

“Crafts with Santa has been a very popular event for years now,” said Amy Beem, the library’s youth librarian. “Santa is always very jolly, kind and giving. It’s a magical day that the children will always remember.”

The Holiday Marimba Concert will feature musician Paul Demic, who will play pieces by classical composers, discuss his own musical journey, and share interesting facts about the composers and their compositions.

According to his website, ma rimbamusic.net, Demic is a skilled percussionist who started playing music on the clarinet at age 10, but fell behind the other students in the school band, only to find his voice when he switched to percussion. He then went on to receive a scholarship in music at Wayne State University.

“It promises to be an intimate musical journey. There is nothing to compare with seeing a live musical performance,” Stocker said. “I’m excited to learn more about the marimba, as it is a lesser-known instrument. And I like the idea of a concert with this unconventional solo instrument. I’m also looking forward to learning about classical composers as Mr. Demic brings their music to life.”

Added Randy Ernst-Meyer, adult services librarian: “Paul Demic is an expert on classical music and the composers who created it. The combination of his knowledge and the unique sounds of marimba seem like a perfect choice for our patrons: unique, charming and informative.”

Advance registration is recommended for both programs. For more information or to register, call the Hazel Park District Library at (248) 546-4095.