CALEXICO — Santa made his grand entrance to smiling children anxiously awaiting to see the man in the red suit arrive at the Enrique Camarena Memorial Public Library Wednesday evening during their Christmas Family Night.
“I was really excited to see Santa,” said Samantha Auyon, 8. “I hope he brings me a little dog for Christmas.”
Nine-year-old Kandice Alvarado waited breathlessly to capture a moment with Santa and give him her Christmas list.
Dozens of children, along with their parents, enjoyed reading time with Calexico Reserve Officer Abigail Hernandez who read children’s books, while others opted to make Christmas decorations at the numerous activity tables available throughout the library.
“The opportunity to read to the kids is great, because I get to be with the adults and show them that we are not all tough and mean how they put us out to be,” said Hernandez. “We want kids to be approachable and I like to volunteer when I have the opportunity.”
“Family nights are just another great opportunity for families to get together and share stories, games, and crafts as well as a snack and a free book to take home,” said Lizeth Legaspi, reference librarian at Enrique Camarena Memorial Library. “Kids enjoy having uniformed men and women reading Christmas stories to them. I think it was a special treat.”
Hernandez read several books throughout the evening, such as Who’s Coming for Christmas, Santa, the Duck and Pete the Cat.
“I usually bring my kids to the activities offered here at the library,” said Diana Armenta. “However, this is the first time I brought them to meet Santa Claus. It was a surprise for them.”
Calexico Parks and Recreations Department, along with the Calexico Police Department, hosted the event for children up to 12 years of age.
“It’s great to see the city offering these types of activities, especially during the Christmas season when it’s too cold for our kids to be outside,” said Mary Gonzalez.
The event attracted close to 100 children, who not only participated in the activities, but took pictures with Santa.
“Kids love seeing Santa Claus every year,” said Legaspi.