LEESBURG, Ga. -- Before their parents participate in Monday night's New Year's Eve celebrations, some of the area's younger citizens who don't plan to be awake when the clock srikes midnight will have a chance to ring in 2013 with some festivities of their own.
A "Noon Year's Eve Dance Party for Kids" is taking place 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday at the Oakland Library, 445 Oakland Parkway West in Lee County.
At the event, which is for children up to 10 years old, participants will get to wear their fanciest party gear -- if they choose to do so -- and join in dancing, crafts and balloon art, along with family-friendly music and snacks for the countdown to noon.
"The idea is that kids are so little that they can't stay up until midnight, so we will have a celebration at noon," said Erin Honeycutt, children and youth services librarian for the Lee County Public Library System.
The crafts portion of the event will allow for the children to write out a resolution and put it in a shaker that they can rattle during the countdown, Honeycutt said.
Honeycutt, who is relatively new to the Lee County system, said she got the idea from another children's librarian -- and that the concept received a good response from the area that librarian served.
The desire is that this event, the first of its kind to be held in Lee County, will have a good enough turnout to justify making it a regular event.
"Libraries are a good gathering place for kids that parents can trust," Honeycutt said. "This is to help get them into the library on a fun note and let them know that this is a place for them."
At a minimum, the goal is to give children a chance to take part in a holiday for which the festivities are traditionally adult-oriented.
"I think it (New Year's) is a holiday that can be celebrated as a family," Honeycutt said. "(It's a time) to reflect on how far you've come and what you'd like to do.
"It's not fair that there is nothing for kids to do (on New Year's Eve)."
The event is free and open to the public. Parents are also welcome to attend.
For more information, call the Leesburg branch at (229) 759-2369.