Story time not just for kids anymore

first_imgWhat: “Lunch Pail Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups.”When: First and third Wednesdays of the month, 12:05-12:55 p.m.Where: Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., fourth-floor Klickitat Room.Did Elsie break free from the blue-nosed busybodies and find happiness? Find out by reading the public-domain story “Elsie in New York.”Poor little Elsie couldn’t buy a break, in part because her father left her only $2.50.Furthermore, young Elsie did not have a job — a condition she might have rectified if a series of butt-in guardians of public morality hadn’t kept saving her from the evils of employment.O. Henry penned the story, “Elsie in New York,” more than a century ago. When Jericho Knight gave it a fresh reading Wednesday afternoon, Kathy Gregory found herself reliving one of her childhood joys.Gregory was among a dozen or so people who gathered in the Vancouver Community Library for a fledgling story time for grown-ups.“I love the idea of being read to,” said Gregory, a downtown resident who bundled up and walked to the library for the event.“When I was a fifth-grader, our teacher read us things like ‘Boxcar Children.’ I loved that,” Gregory said. “How long has it been since somebody read to me?”last_img

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