The Friends of Kent County Public Library will hold its annual Winter Carnival from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 30 at the Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven Lane, Dover.

Families can ring in the New Year with live performances, costumed characters, games, crafts and activities, all culminating in a countdown to noon with a balloon drop.

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” celebrating not just super heroes, but everyday

hometown heroes such as first responders and military personnel. There will also be an appearance by members of the 501st First State Garrison. Family-friendly hero-themed costumes and T-shirts are welcome. A parade of first responders will kick off the event, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet astronaut “Sally Ride” — actress Mary Ann Jung — enjoy a show by the Rehoboth Children’s Theatre and a martial arts demonstration by Rigby’s Karate Academy; sing “Auld Lang Syne,” accompanied by bagpipes played by the Delaware Fire School’s Joey Moran; and enjoy activity, game and craft booths.

Attendees will have the chance to win a one-year membership to the Dover YMCA, in addition to hourly door prizes.

Tickets for the Winter Carnival are $5, are now available and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the library during regular business hours. Payment by cash or check only. Checks can be made payable to “Friends of Kent County Public Library.” Tickets will not be available the day of the event.

The Winter Carnival is annual fundraiser for the Friends of Kent County Public Library.

For more, call 744-1919 or email