Anoka, MN – Anoka County Library has an early holiday tradition.
It’s the first day of Christmas at the library and it’s time for your Christmas cards to arrive.
It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet of holiday treats from all over the US and Canada.
“Christmas is not a holiday for just anyone, and it really helps if you have some friends and family in Anokia,” said Kathy Henningsen, the library’s communications director.
“So if you live in Anota, you can come and enjoy a buffet and get a little bit of a break.”
Christmas dinner is served in the library at 8:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of December and a buffet dinner is held the next Thursday at 8 p.y.m., with desserts available for purchase.
Henningsens family has been in Anika for nearly 40 years and has been a resident since the 1950s.
She said she has been very grateful to the library for the service and tradition.
“I really appreciate the fact that they make me feel welcome,” Henninsen said.
“I would just love to have someone who loves reading and literature come visit my library.”
The library is a popular gathering spot for people from all walks of life and ages.
Many patrons are students, as are teachers, library workers and other library employees.
“They have great holiday treats,” said Anoka Mayor Mark Ritchie.
“The library has some great food.
And they have great entertainment and lots of books to choose from.
It just makes you feel really welcome.”