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PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSON Maryah Krause, of Allentown, decorates her gingerbread craft in the children's area of the Alllentown Public Library. Krause attended storytime with Jaclynn Krause. PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSON Maryah Krause, of Allentown, decorates her gingerbread craft in the children's area of the Alllentown Public Library. Krause attended storytime with Jaclynn Krause.
The Gingerbread Dude, assisted by Ricky Houck, a children's librarian, poses for a photo with Ellen Hiotis, a librarian at the Allentown Public Library. The Gingerbread Dude, assisted by Ricky Houck, a children's librarian, poses for a photo with Ellen Hiotis, a librarian at the Allentown Public Library.
Ellen Hiotis reads Ellen Hiotis reads "The Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup during storytime Dec. 11 at the Allentown Public Library. The event featured several gingerbread-themed stories and a chance for visitors to decorate their own (paper) gingerbread cookie.
Amyah, of Bethlehem, a student at Missie's Place Family Childcare in Allentown, works on a gingerbread craft. Amyah, of Bethlehem, a student at Missie's Place Family Childcare in Allentown, works on a gingerbread craft.
Michael, of Allentown, left, and Malia, of Macungie, students at Missie's Place Family Childcare, work on their gingerbread crafts. Alexis Cooper, who accompanied the children to the library event, said she often brings the students to storytime at the library. Michael, of Allentown, left, and Malia, of Macungie, students at Missie's Place Family Childcare, work on their gingerbread crafts. Alexis Cooper, who accompanied the children to the library event, said she often brings the students to storytime at the library.
Michael and Amyah share a hug with The Gingerbread Dude at the Allentown Public Library Dec. 11. Michael and Amyah share a hug with The Gingerbread Dude at the Allentown Public Library Dec. 11.

The Gingerbread Dude visits with young fans of reading at the Allentown Library

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

Stories and crafts thrill fans on a snowy morning

In his sole appearance this year at the Allentown Public Library, the Gingerbread Dude delighted fans with a surprise visit during storytime Dec. 11.

The Dude, who is the alterego of Ricky Houck, a children's librarian at the library, arrived just after Ellen Hiotis, of the Allentown Public library, finished reading Kristin Kladstrup's book "The Gingerbread Pirates" and stayed through a rousing rendition of the Christmas carol Jingle Bells with actual bell accompaniment provided by young fans of reading, their parents and friends. The Dude inspired squeals of joy from some, tears of fear from others and holiday cheer for many.

The Dec. 11 storytime program was gingerbread-themed and included "Maisy Makes Gingerbread" by Lucy Cousins, read by Hiotis, and a craft. Visitors decorated their own paper gingerbread boy or girl with buttons, trim and other odds and ends to take home.

"We come to storytime every week," said Alexis Cooper, who runs Missie's Place Family Childcare, Washington Street, Allentown. "We teach them to have a joy of reading," Cooper said of her students.

Holiday storytimes and other events for toddlers and preschoolers continue at the library through Dec. 18 when one of Santa's elves will make a guest appearance.