25 Days of Giving: Day 11

A cow, an egg and reading... giving back to our library on Day 11!

Marjorie laid an egg. Yes, an egg. Only problem is Marjorie is a cow. A sweet cow that wishes she could do handstands like the other cows. The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill was a big hit at the Bishops Corner Library this afternoon. Giving back to our local library was the theme for today.

Having recently attending their grand re-opening earlier this fall, the Bishops Corner Library holds a special place in our hearts. It was closed all summer for interior renovations, and although we missed it, it was well worth it.  The new children’s area and story hour room is beautiful, with modern lights and fixtures, make it even warmer and cozier if that’s possible. It’s our neighborhood library, and Janet Murphy, the Children’s Division specialist, is like an old friend. From when they were babies crawling around during circle time, to toddlers listening in at story hour, we spent many, many hours sitting in miniature chairs and meeting other neighborhood families. As they grew older and began to read, Mrs. Murphy helped them each select just the perfect book. And we celebrated the day when they turned 5 and were handed their first library card.

Reading to younger children in the beautiful new space today, was a wonderful way for our girls to say thank you to the wonderful and magical place, which gives our family so much joy. Although there were few children in the “audience,” my oldest loved reading to them. Three picture books later, including The Cow That Laid an Egg, the girls created bookmarks with the children from construction paper and stickers they brought from home. It was indeed a happy and giving afternoon, and my oldest has already asked Mrs. Murphy if she can volunteer and read to children on a regular basis. We heart our library! 

How to Give Back: The Bishops Corner Library, as well as the Noah Webster and Faxon Libraries of West Hartford have a variety of opportunities available for volunteers, including delivering books to the homebound, teaching computer classes and assisting with special projects. For more information and application, visit  www.westhartfordlibrary.org.

Financial contributions to support the libraries can be made to the West Hartford Library Foundation, whose mission is to offer financial support to enhance the Library’s resources and services and to facilitate access to them for the benefit of all members of the community. For more information, or to make a contribution to the Library Foundation, contact Pat Holloway, Director of Library Services, at 860-561-6970.

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