Programs for Schools


The House of Wooden Santas

Display Date: 
December 19 to 21
$2 per student.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the award-winning children’s book, The House of Wooden Santas, written by local author Kevin Major, illustrated with Ned Pratt's photographs of wooden Santas carved by Imelda George. 

In this special appearance, author Kevin Major will share how he first encountered the carvings of Imelda George and how they led him to write the book.  Kevin will read from the book, and following the presentation, will accompany students to the rare public display of all 24 Santas.  

A Christmas classic, The House of Wooden Santas is a deeply felt story about belief in oneself and others, and belief in the spirit of the Season.  It is magical and contemporary and traces the days of December like an advent calendar. 

Jesse, a nine year old boy, and his mother move from the city and face the challenges of making a new life in a small town.  But it’s hard.  Jesse has no friends, and his mother’s carved wooden santas are not selling.  Will there even be a Christmas?  Jesse wonders.  But before the season is out, Jesse and his mom discover the true spirit of Christmas.

Programs Available: December 19 – 21

9:30 am – 11:00 am and 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

There is a fee of $2 per student. No charge for adult supervisors. Suitable for grades 3 – 5. Spaces are limited so book early by calling our Visitor Services Staff at 757-8090.