Close to a dozen children celebrated 2012 a few days early Wednesday with stories, crafts, music and wishes.
The Minden branch of the Douglas County Library hosted the celebration to teach children how other countries ring in the new year.
"We decided the gingerbread program was too much for the staff to handle so we thought we'd do something different for the holiday," said Carol Nageotte, library services coordinator. "I wanted to bring New Years down to a kid level, and do things that were fun for kids."
In addition to making party hats and shakers, Nageotte collected pennies from …