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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2014

Children enjoy Halloween party at Fairfield Public Library

Letter of Thanks
By Rebecca Johnson | Nov 08, 2013

We are writing to thank Way Off Broadway’s Randy West and Margaret Clair and the Rotary Club’s Beth Alonso for supporting our “When The Lights Go Out” literary Halloween event for children. On Sunday evening (Oct. 27), the library’s meeting room was filled with games and crafts while storybook characters came to life inside the building!

Children interacted with Way Off Broadway storybook characters in order of appearance: Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus (Tena Nelson), the Badger from The Wind in The Willows (Andrew Edlin), Princess Jasmine from the Aladdin fairy tale (Megan Higgins), Olivia from Ian Falconer’s picture books (Jaiden Jarmasco), the Phantom of the Opera (Aaron Austin), Thing One and Thing Two from Dr. Seuss’s Cat In The Hat (Delaney Vorhies and Julia Fritz), Snow White’s Stepmother (Juliette Jarmasco), Angelina Ballerina (Sage Jarmasco), the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland (Liam Soares), Smee from Peter Pan (Jerod Brown), Fancy Nancy (Sophia Fritz), Spider Man (Gareth West), Cinderella (Madeline Sloat), Little Red Riding Hood (Megan Miller), Peter Pan (Ahillan Kumar), and Tinkerbell in the form of a dancing laser in our skylight!

Randy West’s music and creative lighting transformed the indoor space into something magical. Setup and takedown were a breeze thanks to Brian Hawthorne, Jordan Town, and William West. Everything was so tidy afterward that it was difficult to believe we had a gate count of 395!

We were fortunate to have the support of 10 capable volunteers from Rotary Club Rotoractors and Interactors. These generous souls ran the games, supervised the crafts, and told stories around the campfire: Anna and Bella Unger, Narayani Thijm, Kishan Thijm and Suraj and Lalith Rao, Joshua Laraby, Susan Ayala, Don Brathwaite. Tour guides were Samira Abdelrahman and Manyeen Arora.

Our new Youth Services Librarian Afton Hallauer deserves credit for orchestrating the whole thing in good humor—and her Madeleine costume rocked! Afton planned and promoted and recruited volunteers and baked cakes and didn’t leave the building until the last bit of popcorn had found its way into the bin.

Parents and teachers in this community provide stellar support for young readers, and this event aims to augment their efforts by giving children a venue to discuss books amongst themselves. I listened while kids shared their favorite stories with actors (many of whom were quite young) and with one another. “When The Lights Go Out” is a fun evening that sets the stage for peer-to-peer affirmation of the joy of reading.

 

– Rebecca Johnson, Director

Fairfield Public Library Board of Trustees

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