In a holiday mood at Batavia library

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Mary Beth Nolan)
Marie Hegele, 3, of St. Charles dances to Christmas music performed by Tom and Beth Malouf during a holiday sing-a-long Sunday at Batavia Public Library. Mary Beth Nolan for Shaw Media
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(Mary Beth Nolan for Shaw Media)
Jodi Carlson (from left), Miles Carlson, Andrea Burns and son, Evan, 3, dance to Christmas music performed by Tom Malouf during a holiday sing-a-long Sunday at Batavia Public Library.

BATAVIA – Three-year-old Marie Hegele has been listening to the song “Jingle Bell Rock” a lot this Christmas season.

So it was no surprise to see her breaking out in dance as Tom Malouf strapped on his guitar and started singing “Jingle Bell Rock” on Sunday at Batavia Public Library’s holiday sing-along.

“We listen to ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ a lot at home and in the car,” said her mother, Rachel Hegele, of St. Charles. “This is a fun way to celebrate the holidays.”

Malouf treated the crowd to an hour full of holiday favorites. He also urged the audience’s help in singing several songs, including “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

He was joined on stage by his daughter, Beth, on several songs, and put on his best Elvis Presley impression for the song “Blue Christmas.”

The song “Silver Bells” took Bartlett resident Bob Burns down memory lane.

“I remember singing it when I was in elementary school,” he said.

Burns and his wife, Andrea, took their son, Evan, 3, to the library to enjoy the festivities. Evan was quick to help Malouf out when he needed a hand with the Kermit the Frog puppet that he brought along to entertain the audience.

“The holiday season is a busy time, but a great time to be out at something like this,” Burns said.

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