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Larsen Christmas light show continues at Elburn library

ELBURN – The Town and Country Public Library once again will feature a rooftop Christmas light show during the holiday season, compliments of Campton Hills resident Brian Larsen. The display, already installed and ready to go, will be lit in time for the Elburn Christmas Stroll, set from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 26. It will continue through the end of the year.

Larsen’s Christmas light display at his house at 42W891Beith Road in Campton Hills, a winner of ABC-TV’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” a few years ago, continues to be wildly popular, bringing viewers from near and far. This year is the 11th year of the display at his house, and the third year for his library display, a mini-version of the one on Beith Road.

The library display features a lighted Santa face and a grove of lighted Christmas trees on the roof facing the library parking lot. An FM radio transmitter accessed through 94.5-FM is set up to broadcast Christmas music synchronized with the lights.

People park in the library parking lot or across the street in the Village Hall parking lot and listen to it, library circulation manager Kathy Semrick said. Semrick said you can actually see it better from across the street. And since the Village Hall is closed at night, it’s not an issue.

“It’s a nice addition to the holiday season,” Semrick said. “And the kids really enjoy it.”

Larsen donates the design of the display, as well as the labor to set it up, including the music, which is synchronized through a computer program. Funding to pay for the cost of the equipment and decorations has been raised in part through the 30-second radio ads from local businesses that play in between the music.

Town and Country Public Library Director Glenn Kahmann said he is always appreciative anytime someone volunteers their time and effort for the library.

“I know that’s a lot of work to put that together, and everybody looks forward to it,” Kahmann said. “I’m excited to be able to continue that tradition.”

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