Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Who Wrote the Book of Love?

A lot of people gave new homes to a lot of books during the Fort Plain Free Library’s Spring Market Book Sale. Some visitors were unaware that we even had a used book section. Books are added to this collection as donations are received and shelves are weeded. Consider this conundrum…No matter how many people have possessed a given book, the next reader will find the words as new as the day they were penned by the author and given life by the press. Moreover, the book’s content, whether educational or entertaining, will enrich every one of its readers at a different time and in a different way for the duration of its shelf life.
The same might be said for the focus of the holiday that has just passed, Mothers’ Day. Our mother’s love for each of her four works was new and individual. Inspired by a way of life she experienced long before we were born as well as an ongoing process of learning, the wisdom our “author” imparted to us was dedicated to helping us prepare our own life story. Moms or books, the classics remain with us long after the author has died and the copyright has expired.
On Wednesday, May 19th, at 6:00, the library will sponsor a program on Redwork, a type of decorative embroidery popular from the 1860’s to the depression, and so named because it was most often rendered with Turkey Red thread. Each participant will learn the history of Redwork and have an opportunity to create a Penny Square, a decorated piece of fabric that began to appear in the 1880’s and stayed popular for the next half century. This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.
Submitted by Board of Trustee member Sally-Jean Taylor