Children and their parents got a jump on the festivities Monday with a New Year's Noon Celebration at the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire.
About 40 children joined their parents to make hats and noise makers, sing songs and dance until the countdown began for the new year.
"We did it last year and it was a rousing success," explained Youth Services Librarian Sarah Okner. "It's so much fun, we hope to do it every year."
Children colored and made paper party hats, decorated water bottle noisemakers and dressed in costumes to have their picture taken in front of a Times Square cityscape.
"It's awesome. The kids like hands-on things and I love having them work on crafts," Jin Feldman of Buffalo Grove said as she helped her daughters, Chloe and Abigail.
The event culminated when the children counted down excitedly to the new year at noon, blowing bubbles, dancing and playing in a bubble machine.