Pandemic cannot steal Norfolk Library’s Christmas spirit

A scene from the Norfolk Library Virtual Carol Sing 2020.
A scene from the Norfolk Library Virtual Carol Sing 2020.

NORFOLK — For 39 years, the Norfolk Library’s Christmas Carol singalong has ushered in the holiday season.
For years, hundreds of residents both young and old gathered into the library’s living room area singing joyously on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The event is been organized by the Norfolk Library Associates, a support organization that has helped to organize and fund lectures, events, concerts, and programs at the library.
Afterward the singalong, residents would go over to the Town Green to watch the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.
However, due to the COVID pandemic, this year the singalong has been held virtually via a YouTube video.
“We’re sad not to be in person with you for the first time in 40 years enjoying the community spirit, the beauty of the Christmas tree, the decorations of the library, and of course the hot chocolate and cookies,” Jack Dillon, president of the Norfolk Library Associates said at the beginning of the video. “But we are very grateful to be able to continue this tradition because Friends of the Library have come forward to give generously of their time and their talents to bring this virtual singalong to you and our families. Join in with your full-throated voice from wherever you are.”
The video includes pianist Elizabeth Allyn, library program coordinator Eileen Fitzgibbons, singers Gudrid Johnson, Jordan Rose Lee, Kristen Mudge, and Grant Mudge, with video production by Elias Olsen, along with Santa’s Helpers West Browkaw, Farrah Fitzgibbons, and Grace Villen.
Songs performed include “Deck the Halls” and “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” along with a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
The video may be viewed here:

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