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Updated: 03/31/2013 08:00:35AM

Learning to knit and holding rabbits

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Ashley Elliott

PHOTO BY ASHLEY ELLIOTT

Fort Meade resident, Katherine Roy shows children at the Bartow Public Library how to turn wool in yarn.

PHOTO BY ASHLEY ELLIOTT

Ashlin Overstreet enjoyed holding this Angora bunny at the Bartow Public Library when Katherine Roy came for a visit with her spinning wheel.

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Relatives of the Easter bunny stopped by the library this week. Fort Meade resident, Katherine Roy brought in some of her fuzzy and cute Angora rabbits. She spoke on the care, upkeep and life of her bunnies and even showed on her spinning wheel how to turn the wool into yarn. After the presentation, children were allowed to hold and pet the rabbits. We may have started something because multiple children were asking their parents for a pet rabbit on the way out.

Our library celebrated its 116th birthday on Thursday. It was officially started on March 29, 1897, by the Bartow Library Association. It became a public tax supported library under city governance in 1912. Cake and punch were provided by Friends of the Library and served in the lobby. To quote the Bartow Public Library official history book, “By the end of the decade and after only three years in operation, the Bartow Public Library reported its holdings: 335 bound volumes, 190 unbound volumes, eight pictures, one map, four tables …and one new broom.” One hundred and sixteen years later we have many more volumes and upgraded to a vacuum but our goal is still the same. We love being a part of the community as it grows and sharing reading and knowledge with our patrons.

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