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BOOKBYTES

VOLUME II, ISSUE 2

DIRECTOR'S DESK

SARAH MCMASTER

In our last newsletter, I described many of the art works that belong to the library, and in so doing, fell into a common pitfall:  I omitted handcrafted items.  The Fairfield County Library is the proud owner of some exceptional handcrafted works of art that make our building unique.

Two of these items came with us from the old library building.  First is the collection of handmade French vegetable and fruit dolls that were given to the library by Mrs. Annie Murph to decorate the Children's Room in the old library.  They currently reside under glass domes on top of the periodical shelves.  Second are the handmade wooden chairs and benches with woven seats that again were made for the Children's Room in the old library.  Two small chairs are in
our children's area and one bench is at the Ridgeway Branch Library.  A second bench is in storage.  I believe this  furniture was made here in Fairfield County, but I do not know the
name of the gentleman who crafted it.  Do any of you remember?  If so, please let me know.

Our most recent acquisitions are two quilts crafted by Peni Miller Chandler.  The wall-hanging depicting the library hangs over our new book area.  It is certainly a one-of-a-kind treasure and we have received many compliments on it. (Special thanks to Bill Bittinger who hung it for us!)   Peni also made the quilt that covers one of the dividers into the children's area.  You may not have realized what it is, as the quilted books and shelves are so artfully done that they seem almost real!

As always, feel free to reach me at the library by phone (635-4971), by fax (635-7715), or by email:  (sarah@fairfield.lib.sc.us.)
Just for Kids
  • There will be special activities for children at the Main Library every afternoon at 4:00 p.m. during National Library Week, April 2-6. 
  • Don't forget Family Nights at 7:00 p.m. on April 5, May 3, and June 7
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
  • Mark your calendars now for the Summer Reading Program Sign-Up Party on Saturday, June 2.  From 10:00 a.m.  to 1:00 p.m. children can sign up for Summer Reading, take part in activities, and be treated to a hot dog.  Look for a complete Summer Reading  brochure at the library.
Read-In Scheduled for April 25th
Enthusiastic readers from Fairfield County schools will gather at 10:00 a.m. at Fortune Springs Park on Wednesday, April 25, 2001, for the fourth annual Read-In sponsored by the Fairfield County Library, the Friends of the Library, and the Fairfield County School District.  The students will participate in the Parade of Readers, the Reading Cheer Contest, and then will scatter throughout the park for reading time and picnic lunches.  John Daniels will provide magical entertainment in the Old Armory.

You're invited!  Come for the parade at 10:00 a.m., visit with the students, and join in the fun!

For more information, contact Shirley Hildebran at the library.
Last Year's Read-In.

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