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Second Book Festival - Even Better!
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Posted by:Mar 31st 2004, 06:38:15 pm

Judy, you made it so real, I was almost there, thanks, Lucia

Posted by:Mar 29th 2004, 12:37:29 pm
Judy Our " Book Festival" was truly a celebration of books" and reading. With turquoise flags waving from bright pink poles an almost medieval setting provided the backdrop for 18 readers to share their favorite books. Will A Clown fish Make You Giggle? and The Professor And the Madman were the first selections, followed by Strong To The Hoop, On Granddad's Back, Philippe In Monet's Garden, Alice In Wonderland, The Hobbit, Secret Life of Bees, Measure of A Man, and others. "Pirate Lore" was shared in the library's Reference Room as was selections of poetry by Alvin Bullard and Prince Mather. Alvin's original poems were wonderful and many encouraged him to continue with his writing. Two young ladies from the All Age School read selections from Bahamian Folk Tales.
Entering through the "book sale" area visitors received a ticket. After four corners were punched on the ticket - listen to a reader, illustrate and paint, tour the photo exhibit, suggest a book - refreshments were available. Nicole Edwards dressed as our "Alice in Wonderland" carrying her white rabbit and Cleallan Young , "Clifford" in costume, added color and excitement to the day as they circulated and read to the boys and girls. Three large easels at the far corner of the library grounds were set up for children to "illustrate" the books they had heard - young artists creating "Library Art"! What a hit this was with the children. Rainbows, fish, basketballs, large green frogs, horses, flowers, rabbits, all truly works of imagination - all very beautiful!
"Pirate Lore" was very, very informative as was Jim and Anne Lawlor's "History of Harbour Island" segment. Later during the day, Mr. Sam Barry and Ms. Mary Johnson shared their recollections of days gone by on Harbour Island. These recollections were taped and will be housed in the Reference Room. The lovely display of Barbara Young's years of photographs, scenes and people of Harbour Island, were showcased in the 32 foot exhibit in the Main Reading Room.
Sometimes you have to be present to fully grasp an event or happening in order to fully understand or appreciate its significance. Perhaps it may be true here. This was an incredible day for books and for the heritage of the island. It showed in the faces, in the laughter and conversations. We thank everyone who helped make it happen as well as everyone who attended. The "celebration" will continue, we are sure, both in the minds and hearts of the children as well as in the exhibits in the library. The event is over and The Friends of the Library looks forward to next year's, but for now "let the memories linger".

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