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    April 29, 2019


    Contact:  Mary Paige Lang-Clouse (845) 794-4660 7

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    MONTICELLO, N.Y.:           

    Vera’s Story Garden alongside the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

    to be Designated a Literary Landmark on Saturday May 4, 2019


                An honor will be bestowed upon the story garden that sits beside the public library in Monticello on Saturday, May 4th.  This garden is known as ‘Vera’s Story Garden’ and is named after children’s book author and illustrator Vera B. Williams.  Williams lived in Sullivan County along the Delaware River in Narrowsburg, N.Y. for the last fifteen years of her life (1927-2015).   

    When plans for the new library in Monticello were getting underway there was a desire to have a ‘big, fat, comfortable, wonderful chair’ – like the one in Ms. Williams Caldecott Honor book, ‘A Chair for My Mother’ - in the new children’s room for people to cozy up together in and read but there wasn’t room for a chair of such grandeur there.  Instead one was built - outside – in what became Vera’s Story Garden.  The picture book that inspired the chair in the Story Garden tells the story of a family:  a young girl named Rosa, her mother and her grandmother.  While it’s a struggle to make ends meet, the three live a happy and loving life together.  They were able to rise above the hardships they endured given the closeness of their family and their deep connection to their community.  The creation of this Story Garden as a Literary Landmark will serve as a lasting legacy to Vera B. Willims, her stories and illustrations, and to the inspiration she gave to the children she wrote them for.    

    United for Libraries is a division of the American Library Association with a mission to support those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for all types of libraries.  United for Libraries accepted the application of the library for its story garden to be designated as a Literary Landmark in honor of the contributions to children’s literature made by Vera B. Williams during her lifetime and in this County.  Williams last book ‘Home at Last’ was one she worked on collaboratively with Chris Raschka from her home in Narrowsburg until her death in October, 2015.  

    In 2009 she visited the 6th grade students of Jo Anne Barrish and Jaime Rush at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello.  She also donated a chair she painted for a fundraising auction held in celebration of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library’s 75th Anniversary in 2011.  

    Please join us for the unveiling of the Literary Landmark plaque on Saturday, May 4th at 11am. All are welcome to stay for refreshment and to StoryWalk ‘A Chair for My Mother’ along Broadway.  It includes a scavenger hunt!   Please call the library for details:  (845)794-4660 x7.

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