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First Book Festival, a Wonderful Day For Harbour Island
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Posted by:Apr 8th 2003, 07:51:45 pm
Judy What a day for Harbour Island - the first Book Festival was held this past Saturday on the Library grounds. The weather could not have cooperated more - warm,sunny, with a gentle breeze catching the umbrellas of the reading stations and windsocks and banners flying from the painted wire spools. The setting was festive.
Volunteers greeted people under a huge tent housing the Giant Used Book Sale. The sale yielded $212.50 - this represents well over 1,000 books going into homes and hands of adults and children. All books that were not necessary for a library but still good and need of some repair were sold.
Eighteen guest readers shared a favorite book, sometimes 2 or 3 during the 30 minute time slot allotted to them. Half the readers were geared to children and half to adults. The Bahamian history presentation was full of lively discussion and went over the 30 minutes. Guided tours of the library's restoration was also very popular. Adding excitement to the "Ghosts and Witches" readings was an awesome witch in costume, and Long John Silver with Captain Flint on his shoulder was seen listening to Treasure Island being read.
It is hard to capture the essence of the day in words. The smiles on the children's faces, the warmth among adults, hand-in-hand walking of adults with their children -- these are the scenes remembered from this incredible day. Our hopes for a fun filled event promoting books and the love of reading became a reality. Five people stopped me today and asked when the next Book Festival was going to be held! Wow! We are on target. The need for a vital library is so very real. If one ever doubted the interest or need, you would only have to view the video of the day to put these doubts aside. Truly, a great day.

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