Friday Club Decorates Trees

NEWS RELEASE
November 30, 2011


FRIDAY STUDY CLUB DECORATES
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE LIBRARY



             The Friday Study Club has continued its tradition of decorating the Christmas trees
        at the Jefferson Public Library.  The public is invited to stop in the Library to
        see the festive trees.  Three trees adorn the children’s department, illustrating
        this year’s multi-cultural theme “One World, Many Stories”.  One tree is decorated
        with German ornaments loaned to the library by Sunje Banister of Jefferson.  Sunje
        is from Flensburg, Germany which is located in northern Germany, near the Danish
        border, so her decorations show a Scandinavian influence.  Classical colors and
        natural materials are used, such as straw stars and pinecones. A second tree is
        festooned with Norwegian decorations, shared by library director Jane Millard in
        honor of her mother’s heritage.  Handmade decorations include woven heart baskets
        called julekurver, which are also traditional Christmas tree decorations in other
        Scandinavian countries.  The third tree is decorated with paper dolls dressed in
        native costumes from many countries.  Library visitors will see “Merry Christmas”
        in many languages included in the holiday decorations. Friday Club members also
        decorated the tree that stands in the library entryway that celebrates the beauty
        of nature in an Iowa winter, with red cardinals amidst the snow-covered branches.
        Three handmade reindeer donated by Marilyn Copeland provide the finishing touch.
        “We would like to thank all those who helped decorate the Library for Christmas
        this year,” said Millard, “and we hope everyone will enjoy the beautiful trees.”