Kids welcome 2013 early

For many young children, and some adults, staying up to midnight to welcome in the new year isn’t always possible.

To let children experience and celebrate the traditional welcoming in of the new year, complete with the dropping of the ball, the countdown and noisemakers, the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library held its own celebration on Monday.

Trish Fatobene, children’s librarian, said the New Year’s Eve celebration is very popular with nearly 50 children attending to countdown to noon on Dec. 31, just as if they were counting down to midnight for Jan. 1.

”This is our way of saying goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. We have an entire room of activities for the children to take part. They can make their own noise makers, write a New Year’s resolutions or make an edible party hat,” she said.

She said many of the children, especially the younger ones, will probably not stay awake to midnight after all the excitement of the party.

Other activities included playing New Year’s bingo, finding hidden clocks and making paper lanterns.

At a few minutes to noon, the children held a countdown with Fatobene and other children’s library staff helping to lower a small silver ball in the center of the room.

To make the event sound like a New Year’s celebration, children stomped on or squeezed bubble wrap to create fireworks sound effects.

Fatobene said her own children come to the event to help her set up the eight tables of activities.

Angelique McKowan of Cortland brought her son, Drew, 6, and daughter, Lucy, 8 to the event.

”They have a lot of fun at the library throughout the year. They will probably stay up to midnight,” she said.

Zack Macik, 9, and his sister, Emily, 7, of Niles, had the most fun at table complete with New Year’s Day party hats, ribbons and costumes that the children could dress up in and get their photos taken.