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Advance library celebrates spring with 3 local authors

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Laverne Johnson photo Authors Betty Buttry, Melba Elledge, and Linda Pearson hold copies of their books at the Advance Community Library's March 19, 2011 book-signing and read-aloud program.
The Advance Community Library kicked off the Spring reading season by welcoming three local authors to share their books on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

Melba Elledge of Advance brought copies of her children's book, "Little Birds in the Sun." Retired teacher/library board member Cynthia French read the book aloud to the children who attended the event. Elledge also brought her autobiography, "Little Mouse from Bollinger County." She donated copies of each book to the library.

Betty Buttrey of Puxico added her children's book, "The Water Pot," a Bible story, which was accompanied by a visual aid for the children to hold in their arms. Mrs. Buttrey also donated a copy of her book to the library.

Linda S. Pearson, publisher/editor/designer from Fisk, Mo., brought her book "18 Minutes and a Lifetime," the biography of Christopher Dale Sifford, senior aid to Gov. Mel Carnahan. Sifford, who was from Puxico, died in the crash of the plane which killed Carnahan. Mrs. Pearson also donated a copy of her book to the library, and it is available to check out.

Children were treated to cookies and prizes to celebrate the occasion. The library board plans to have several such events throughout the year.

Library hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 573-722-5533. The library is located on Highway C beside the old gym.

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