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Arlington Heights kids beat their parents to New Year's toast

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  • Wearing a king-size crown Rachel Rabe, 4, of Arlington Heights works on her noisemaker during the Almost New Year's party Friday at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

       Wearing a king-size crown Rachel Rabe, 4, of Arlington Heights works on her noisemaker during the Almost New Year's party Friday at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Kids dance in a conga line with Connor Cruz, center, really getting into the spirit of things Friday during the Almost New Year's party at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

       Kids dance in a conga line with Connor Cruz, center, really getting into the spirit of things Friday during the Almost New Year's party at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Balloons bounce away at the end of the celebration Friday during the Almost New Year's party at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

       Balloons bounce away at the end of the celebration Friday during the Almost New Year's party at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

 
 

Kids beat their parents to the New Year's toast when they raised their glasses shortly before noon Friday during the Almost New Year's party at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Wearing crowns they decorated themselves, the children listened to Kid's World library assistant Amy Belford read " Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" by Pat Miller.

The story tells the tale of a squirrel learning what a resolution is and then trying to decide on one for the new year. She eventually finds out that she has helped all her friends that day and is told that is a great resolution to follow.

A dance was up next for the partygoers as they made a big conga line around the library's Hendrickson Room, followed a New Year's toast complete with glasses of bubbly drinks.

Rounding out the event was a balloon drop of sorts as the kids laughed and cheered as they bounced balloons into the air from a parachute.

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