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All aboard ‘The Polar Express’ in Pelham on Thursday

Thursday, December 18, 2014

PELHAM – At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Pelham Library, 24 Village Green, will host a book reading of the holiday favorite, “The Polar Express.”

Debbie Laffond, Head of Children’s Services at the library, said she and the teen volunteers will be ready to greet children and welcome them to “the station” and aboard “the train.”

This is the fifth or sixth year reading “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, Laffond said. “We’ll have a Christmas tree, and a pole with a sign pointing to the North Pole,” she said. The teens will be dressed as elves, and will help direct and entertain the children.

Everyone will have a delineated “seat” on the train (marked on the floor), as the conductor announces its departure. As the children board the train, they will be given warm cocoa and cookies as they settle in to hear the story, read by Miss Debbie. Laffond thanks Hannaford’s for donating the refreshments.

After listening to “The Polar Express,” Laffond and the children will sing some holiday songs. A bell will start ringing, and Santa Claus himself will come join the festivities.

Children will have an opportunity for a word or two with St. Nick as they share their hopes and dreams for the coming holiday. Children are invited to don their holiday finery, or their pajamas, for this nighttime journey – and photo opportunity, if parents bring their cameras. All children will leave with a small token to remember the evening: a jingle bell on a cord and a candy cane, provided by the Friends of the Library in Pelham.

The event is free. For more information, contact Laffond at 635-7581 ext. 3065, dlaffond@pelham, or see the library’s website at

Content provided by Encore, The Telegraph’s arts and entertainment, food and wine section. Editor Kathleen Palmer can be reached at 594-6403 or Also, follow her on Twitter (@Telegraph_KathP or @NHFoodandFun).
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