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Library Mitten Tree by Barbara Christiansen 

The traditional Christmas tree is again gracing the rotunda of the American Fork Library. It's more than a symbol of the season, however. It's full of opportunities and lots of warmth and hope.

Warm hearts from throughout the community have traditionally filled the outreaching branches of the library's “Mitten Tree” with mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and other items to keep both young and old as warm as possible this winter.

The public is invited to place any of the items for warmth on the tree's branches. The items will be donated to Tabitha's Way and given to those in need in the local area.
"It is really fun for us," said public services librarian LaRee Parkinson. "All the clerks love to sit and watch when people come in. One example is when a grandma comes in and brings her grandkids and they hang up their donations one by one."

"It's fun to see the different styles that show up. It's refreshing to see the community give. It's an established tradition that works out well."

Perhaps because of the recent warm weather, the tree is not quite as full of mittens as it usually is. Parkinson said she was optimistic people would come through with donations.

Donations may be taken to the American Fork Public Library, 64 S. 100 East, American Fork until December 16. The library is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

To go along with the spirit of service and giving to those in need, the library has several books on the subject. Check out the Library Resources below.

Barbara Christiansen wrote for the American Fork Citizen and the Daily Herald for 30 years. She was recently elected to the City Council and will begin that position in January.

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