An eager little voice asked whether it was time for the snacks.
Donnell Shelley explained that she had to read a couple of Christmas stories to the children at the Nancy Carson Library before they could have their treats.
Ms. Shelley, the children's librarian, read three stories, Wake Up Santa Claus, The Crippled Lamb and Dream Snow, at Funny Food Friday.
Joshua the Lamb puppet helped Ms. Shelley during The Crippled Lamb.
With the stories read, it was time for the snack - a doughnut decorated to resemble a Christmas wreath.
Cassandra Courtney watched as her 6-year-old daughter, Vyolet, made her wreath.
"We haven't been able to come as much as we like," said Mrs. Courtney, who believes her daughter benefits from the activities at the library.
"She enjoys coming to see Donnell," she said.
Ms. Shelley is the reason most children attend storytime and other activities at the library, according to many of the parents at the event.
"They love Donnell," said Shayna Humphrey, who brought her 3-year-old twins, Claire and Caroline, to the event. "She's the best thing about North Augusta."
Chalice McGee echoed Ms. Humphrey.
"They love Donnell. She really makes the library," said Ms. McGee, the mother of 6-year-old Chloe and 3-year-old William.
Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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