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Santa Claus leads the children at the Oxnard Public Library in song during the annual Christmas Party. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Monday, December 24, 2018

By Chris Frost



Oxnard— The spirit of Christmas was alive and well at the Oxnard Public Library, Dec. 17, as the venue hosted a large group of kids and parents for a fun celebration that made everyone happy.

Children snacked on cookies, took part in crafts, heard stories and enjoyed a special visit from the star of the day, Santa Claus, who led the children in songs and brought the kids presents.

Children’s Librarian Vanesa Chua said the party is fulfilling because it brings community and family together and provides a safe and learning experience for all ages.

“Making the kids happy and celebrating the holidays is my inspiration,” she said. “I am so happy that Santa was able to come down from the North Pole.”

She loves seeing the look on the kids’ faces when Santa arrives.

“Some of the kids can’t afford programs like this,” she said. “Here we offer programs for free, and they are like wow.”

Chua reached out to Santa, and he is always willing to support the library.

“He’s been here for our story time, he plays the guitar and shares his talents with us,” Chua said. “It’s excellent,”

She said the Friends of the Oxnard Library sponsor the programs for everyone.

“We order our craft supplies and snacks from different sources,” she said. 

Rose Marie Kerner brought her three great-grandchildren to the party and loved how the library gives back to the community.

“I love the variety,” she said. “The crafts, the joy, the storytelling, and all the helpful elves,”. “It’s all good because the children can open up anywhere they want freedom and enjoy it.”

She said her great-grandson Joseph Lopez has a one-track mind.

“He’s going to eat all the cookies,” Kerner said.

Grandma Margret Gillen brought her grandson Dylan and his mom Julie to the party.

“He (Dylan) is only 10 months old, but his sister is three years old,” Gillen said.

Julie said the family comes to the library every week for story time and they couldn’t wait to see Santa.

“We love the library, so we are introducing the kids to the library, and we are trying to read a lot of books,” she said. “Dylan is too young to read, but we get him a lot of picture books anyway. My daughter loves Barbie, but she is also getting a bunch of books.”