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Monday, August 22, 2011

Take-a-Book-Break

At this year's Alphabet Forest, guests are invited to take a break from the hubbub of the fair and enjoy a book. A sturdy shelf has been repainted with The Fabulous Fair Alphabet red stripes and yellow dots to hold the books written and illustrated by the 12 Minnesota authors and illustrators who will meet guests each of 12 days of the fair (one per day).

As we worked on covering books and labeling them, conversations kept returning to whether guests would misinterpret the name for the shelf in the shady area and literally take a book from the shelf - and leave with it. Debra Frasier decided each should have a message to encourage guests to keep the books in the Alphabet Forest: Borrow! Read! Return to Shelf! Holding a colorful book in one's hand and seeing that book's creator through the trees might make it tempting to take the book. We are hoping thousands of readers visit the Take-a-Book-Break shelf in the coming days and allow others to repeat the process.

6 comments:

  1. the old 'eats shoots and leaves' conundrum.

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  2. I thought the same thing. Were you really awake at 3:41 today? Actually, I was.

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  3. And I hope you both get a better night's sleep tonight. . .

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  4. And really, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if some of those books ended up well loved in somebody's bedroom. But let's hope they at least wait till the end of the fair's run before the books start disappearing!

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  5. You're right, David. You wouldn't believe how many times I heard parents tell children the book had to stay on the shelf!

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