Prattsburgh Free Library Receives a Unique Christmas Surprise

Webcam footage catches Santa delivering gifts to the library

PRATTSBURGH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - - On Christmas Eve, the Prattsburgh Free Library began installing new webcams on each of the library's computers. Before one employee had the chance to fully test them, they left to spend the rest of the evening with their family. But, upon arriving yesterday morning, the library was greeted with over 25 Christmas gifts lying under their tree. 

"We set up the webcam to use it for Skype, for families that come in and want to be able to talk with their families in other places," Library Director, Karen Scott said. "But, what we picked up was a visitor that came in very late on Christmas Eve."

After reviewing the installation on the new webcams, it turns out that they were functioning properly and recorded the delivery of these secret gifts. This rare footage is of Santa himself, caught in the act as he delivers gifts for the library to use in a number of ways. 

"We run a successful pre-school program and then we also run a school-aged program," Scott said. "So, Santa must have known that we needed some new supplies for our students to use before and after school."

Once news spread of Santa's arrival, children throughout the area flocked to the library to unwrap painting supplies, markers and crayons, coloring books, and even some new stories.  

"This has never happened before and I have been here almost four years," Scott said. "This is just a blessing to us, to have Santa Claus pick Prattsburgh Free Library and donate these toys for boys and girls to be able to further their experiences in the library."

"I'm just so happy that our community has such a nice library to come to and we plan on doing all sorts of more and more exciting things this year," President of the Library's Board of Trustees, Kathy Zajchenko said.

The library plans to use the supplies for their pre and grade school programs. 


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