Friends of St. Croix Libraries ask volunteers to help clean up Florence Williams Library

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ST. CROIX - The Friends of the St. Croix Libraries are planning their second annual Crucian Christmas at the Florence Williams Library in Christiansted on Dec. 14 - but they also are looking for volunteers to help spruce up the place on Saturday.

"Our hope is to get people into the library, to make people aware of what's in the library, to make people aware there is a group called Friends of the St. Croix Libraries, whose mission is to promote literacy and support the public libraries," said Celeste Lang, president of the Friends of the St. Croix Libraries.

Last year, just before the Christmas event, the organization dug holes, pruned trees and put plants in the ground around the library, in a project that was part of a partnership between the library, local businesses, government agencies and community volunteers aimed at cleaning up and brightening the area around the facility to give it more curb appeal.

At the time, the Friends of the St. Croix Libraries had lost many of its active members and was trying to rejuvenate.

On Saturday, members of the organization will gather about 8 a.m. to clean and tidy that same area, pruning trees, trimming the flower bed and picking up trash, Lang said.

"Anyone who wants to help can come," she said. The group will be working in the courtyard in front of the library, she said.

"It's for the party," she said.

And the party - scheduled for the following Saturday on Dec. 14 - will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be storytelling, performances by the St. Croix Majorettes and the Arthur Richards Junior High School Steel Orchestra, and giveaways, Lang said.

Santa Claus is expected to be on hand as well, she said.

Those families who are interested can have pictures taken with Santa for $1. The money will go to the nonprofit to help the library, she said.

"This was a big hit last year," she said. "We're also going to have a giveaway. We'll be giving away books."

The Friends hope to spark a love of books and reading in the children who come to the party, according to Lang.

"We want children to read. We want parents to read also," she said. "Literacy is important."

A Galaxy Tablet, donated by Innovative, will be the final giveaway to close the Crucian Christmas at the library event, she said.

Admission to the Crucian Christmas at the library event is free.

- Contact Joy Blackburn at 714-9145 or email

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