The children's department of the Corry Public Library is once again giving away a variety of books and toys in celebration of reading and the Christmas season.
The Christmas book giveaway began on Nov. 25 and will continue through Dec. 17.
The first time a child checks out a book during that time he or she will receive a free, age-apropiate book of his or her choosing. The giveaway is open to children from birth to age 13.
"We have a collection of books that the children can choose from by their reading level," Corry Public Library Children's Department Director Tracy Blair said. "They're pretty much all soft-sided books, and there's everything from board books to chapter books."
During their first visit, the kids will also be given a raffle ticket to place in a canister on a Christmas wall featuring 29 prizes in the children's department. Each of the prizes includes at least one book and a small gift of some kind, such as slime, pencils, crayons, stuffed animals and more.
Children can earn an additional raffle ticket once per day by visiting the Corry Public Library, 117 W. Washington St., and checking out a book until Dec. 17.
"So the more days they come and check out books, the more raffle tickets they get and a better chance of winning something," Blair said.
Prize winners will be drawn on Dec. 18 and will be notified via phone calls on Dec. 19. The winners will then have a week to pick it up from the library.
Every child who participates will also be given a paper cutout of a mitten to write their name on and place on a Christmas display wall that says "Get your mittens on a good book."
"We've been doing this for quite a few years now and our goal is to make sure that all children have a book under their tree," Blair said. "We would like as many children as possible to have a book for Christmas."
Blair hopes that parents, grandparents and guardians will bring their children to the library during throughout Christmas break.
"We're hoping that parents will bring their children in over the holidays because there is so much going on in the library all the time," Blair said.
In addition to books, the library's children's department has computers for kids to play on, Launch Pads, various activities, a discovery room with toys where parents can interact with their children, and more.
For more information about the library or book giveaway, call 814-664-7611.