A cowboy morning at the Maben Library

By Dottie Dewberry

MABEN — It was a cowboy morning at the Maben Public Library on Dec. 7 as most of the tiny cowpokes showed up in boots and jeans for the Friday morning story hour.

Ms. Mary soon had her little herd of cowpokes and cowgirls rounded up for the story. “This is the Stable” was about the birth of Jesus in the stable. As she went through the book, she described the stable, the manger, the star and the animals gathered round keeping watch.

Then she described Mary and Joseph, the little town of Bethlehem, the glorious angels and the wise men who were following the star bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh for the baby Jesus, who was found wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.

After the story, they gathered around the craft table and drew a picture of the stable and manger in the prefolded card. After drawing, Ms. Mary had stickers for them to attach to the card. After they signed their name, it was presented to momma or grandmomma to hang on the refrigerator.

Ms. Mary then broke out the Play-Doh, scissors and shape cutters. Pretty soon, all was quiet and they got down to mashing, rolling and cutting the dough. This week, on Dec. 14, the library will have Whitney Yarber White, who will read her book “Don’t Swallow Baby Jesus” Dec. 21 will be the last day of story hour for December. It will resume Jan. 11.