Marfa Public Library Noon Year’s Eve offers celebration for local kids to ring in the new year 

August Crow-Kabat rings in the New Year at Marfa Public Library’s Noon Year’s Eve event for children. Festivities included a balloon drop, crafts and face painting. Photo by Maisie Crow.

MARFA — The Marfa Public Library hosted a successful Noon Year’s Eve again this year for the town’s youngest residents whose bedtime comes before the midnight New Year’s celebration. 

This year’s Noon Year’s Eve saw 65 participants turn out to enjoy a balloon drop, temporary tattoo parlor, a hair dye station, sparkling apple juice and fun DIY crafts of noisemakers, keychains and suncatchers. 

The event was made possible by volunteers Adri Pineda, who helped with the hair dyeing station, Cary Wilson and Mimi Cravens-Wilson who ran the Tattoo Parlor, Harry Crofton and Ross Cashiola who ran the check-in and Van Hanos who assisted attendees with the noisemaker craft. Library staff Jasmin Pineda, Kim Soto and Luann Williamson were also integral to the event’s success. 

Gabriel celebrates Noon Year’s Eve with a glass of sparkling apple cider last week at Marfa Public Library. Photo by Maisie Crow.

Library Director Nicki Ittner wanted to thank everyone for coming out for the annual Noon Year’s celebration and said the event is a great opportunity for kids to have fun at their local library. 

“Since school is out, it’s nice to give families something celebratory and kid-friendly to do together. Plus, we want people to see the library as a place for fun, enrichment and community, and this event does just that,” said Ittner.

Ittner said the library is looking forward to an exciting year ahead of continuing successful programs and adopting new initiatives.

“We’re restarting our baby and toddler storytime and expanding our Spanish language materials, thanks to a grant from the Texas Book Festival,” said Ittner. “We’ll have another Make Believe Marfa coming soon, and we’re excited to continue Read Marfa, the volunteer reading program in the school, which we soft launched last fall. And that’s just in the next two months!”