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Brooks Memorial Library honors life and legacy of children’s author Anna Dewdney

BRATTLEBORO—On Saturday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m., Brooks Memorial Library invites families with children age 2 to 7 to attend a special Valentine’s Day event in honor of the life and legacy of local children’s author/illustrator Anna Dewdney, creator of the memorable Llama Llama Red Pajama series as well as a number of other beloved children’s books.

The event, which features Valentine’s Day crafts, a visit from Llama Llama, story time and breakfast snacks, takes place on the library’s third floor, an hour earlier than the library’s usual opening time.

All children are welcome to wear their PJs and have their pictures taken with Llama Llama and explore the world of unique characters created by the award-winning author/illustrator Anna Dewdney, who lived in Windham County since high school. Children will take home free books by Dewdney, courtesy of Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, while supplies last.

“Anna Dewdney is renowned for her belief that empathy skills can be imparted through engaged reading to children at a very young age,” Starr LaTronica, Director of Brooks Memorial Library, said in a news release. “[This] event recognizes Anna’s passion and commitment to making reading a fun, participatory time for both parents and children.”

Breakfast goodies will be provided by The Works, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Commonwealth Creamery, and members of the Fine Arts Committee. Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are providing free Anna Dewdney books as giveaways as well as underwriting the appearance of the Llama Llama character.

For more information, call the Children’s Room at 802-254-5290, ext. 110.

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Tamara Stenn
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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Peter Ford (Dallas) says...

Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #445 (Wednesday, February 7, 2018). This story appeared on page B1.

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