Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia.

While we’re getting ready to turn the page on 2021 and move into 2022, the New Castle-Henry County Public Library is hosting a “Noon Year’s Eve Celebration” for children (and adults) who can’t stay up until midnight. There’s plenty of people who end up going to sleep before the ball drops in Times Square.

The library’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration is taking place on Thursday, Dec. 30 from 11:30 a.m to 2:15 p.m. The event will be inside the library auditorium.

Lynn Thomas, the NCHCPL Children’s Manager, started the Noon Year’s Eve party in 2019. The celebration last year was canceled due to the shutdowns.

“It’s a way for families to keep little ones up so they can celebrate and not keep them up late. That’s the biggest gist of it,” she said. “The children will make noise makers to bring in the ‘noon year.’ It’s closest to New Years.”

Thomas looks forward to giving kids the chance to celebrate the countdown to 12 noon.

The party also includes crafts, a movie and popcorn. The library is showing “Emperor’s New Groove” to tie into the Winter Reading program about llamas.

Live llamas will visit the New Castle library on Jan. 15 to close out Winter Reading.

Library of Trees

The New Castle-Henry County Library will also continue its 2021 Library of Trees through Monday, Jan. 3.

Twenty-eight organizations decorated trees around the library this year. Visitors put canned and boxed foods in the boxes under the trees to vote for their favorites. Library staff donated around 2,900 nonperishable food items to the Christian Love Help Center and Westminster Community Center just before Christmas.