WARREN - Many children look forward to welcoming in the new year, but for some - and many adults as well - staying up until midnight isn't always possible.
To let children celebrate their own new year's party, the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library on Tuesday hosted a slightly earlier event - Noon Year's Eve.
The celebration in-cluded party hats, noise makers, apple juice in champagne class, pizza, and the countdown to noon, complete with a ball drop.
More than 50 children gathered Tues- day morning in the upstairs of the library to make new year's hats. At 11:59 a.m., the countdown to noon began, just as if they were counting down to midnight for Jan. 1. The numbers flashed 10 to 1 on a large screen as a small silver ball slowly dropped in the corner.
Zack Macik, 10, and his sister, Emily, 8, of Niles, are regulars at the library events throughout the year and were among the many counting down and then having a toast with their apple juice for the new year.
''It's a lot of fun starting the new year,'' Zach said.
Chayla Hayda, 7, celebrates New Year’s Day at a children’s party held noon Tuesday at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library in Warren, welcoming in the new year a little early. The Noon Year’s Eve party included a countdown, complete with dropping silver ball and apple juice and pizza. Photo by Bob Coupland
Children's Librarian Lori Faust said the Noon Year's Eve celebration was very popular and well attended last year, so it was decided to hold it again.
''We've done this at the library for the past three years. This lets the children celebrate for an hour with their parents earlier in the day when they are awake and can have some fun,'' Faust said.
Faust said programs at the library usually are geared to promote reading and literacy. ''We always like to offer programs like this that are fun,'' 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.