By Dottie Dewberry For the WPT
MABEN — The Maben Public Library was honored to have Whitney Yarber White of the New Hope community, the author of “Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus,” to read to the children for the regular Friday morning story hour on Dec. 14.
This true story is based on the author’s family as they prepared for their favorite season: Christmas. First they decorated the mantle with seasonal objects. Then they set up their snow village and then move on to the decorating the Christmas tree.
Their favorite part is setting up the Nativity scene. As they set up the scene, the parent relates the story of the trip to Bethlehem, the stable that Mary and Joseph had to stay in, the shepherds and the animals that were gathered around, the three wise men with their gifts, and the angels singing down. Then they explain to their children the meaning of having Jesus in their heart.
Mrs. White gave the library children replicas of the people, animals, the stable, the manger, the wise men, and the angels to be placed with the stable as they were mentioned in the story.
At the end of the story about her family, one of her children, Aaden, came up missing. When he was found, he was contemplating the swallowing of the baby Jesus. When he was asked why he would want to do such a thing, he explained about having Jesus in his heart and this would be a quick way to get him there.
After the story, Mrs. White gave each child a printed page with the stable and a sheet of peel-off stickers for them to peel off and place with the stable: Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus in the manger, the three wise men, the angels, the shepherds and the animals.
After the story, Mrs. Mary had chocolate chip cookies and drinks for everyone. The kids then spent the rest of the time playing with the Play-Doh before they checked out books for Christmas.
This week will be the last story hour until Jan. 11.