Some children in Perryville got a 12-hour head start on 2016.
The library held its first-ever Noon Year's Eve party last Thursday.
"We were looking for a special event for kids on New Year's Eve," said Tracy Alexander, a library associate who works in the children's room. "We wanted to give kids an outlet to have some fun and learn. We go over some of the traditions of New Year's and make it something fun for children who may not be up at midnight."
Alexander said the library plans to make it an annual event since it proved to be popular. More than 30 children participated.
After Alexander read about New Year's customs, the kids worked on crafts including their own countdown clock and custom-made noisemakers.
When the clock struck 12 (noon), the kids jumped up and down on bubble wrap to simulate fireworks before a showing off their moves in a dance party which featured a bubble machine.
"Children don't have a real association with the holiday and are missing out," said Alexander.
"They're nor partying. But today we were partying."
Ten-year-olds Megan Thompson. Madison Thompson and Gwen Chamer, of North East, said they enjoy doing crafts at the library.
"I like making crafts because you get to be creative and use your imagination," Chamer said.
She added that she has made a couple of New Year's resolutions.
"I'm going to try to get all As and be a better person," she said.