Travel through time with other events at Festival of the Book

Thursday, September 10, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- The time travel continues with activities during Festival of the Book from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Putnam County Public Library.

Children and adults are invited to participate in a living history museum without walls. Festival of the Book will present two workshops with the Freetown Village Inc.

Residents of Freetown Village are a composite of approximately 3,000 men, women and children identified on the 1870 Indianapolis census. The trials, triumphs and daily life of African Americans are presented through theater, storytelling, folk crafts, heritage workshops, music, day camp and special events.

One resident of Freetown will travel to Greencastle Saturday to teach two of the crafts -- 19th-century candle making and quilting. Both workshops are hands-on and provide fun, learning experiences in the history of culture of African Americans in Indiana during the post-Civil War era.

In addition, children can learn about Indiana during Abraham Lincoln's time. A traveling trunk, which is on loan from the Indiana State Museum, will offer a variety of hands-on activities to help understand what life was like on the Indiana frontier before 1850.

Participants will also be introduced to Lincoln and his family as an example of a pioneer family. Children will learn about going to school, music and playtime on the frontier during pioneer days. Lincoln may even make an appearance.

During the festival, food will be available for purchase and Friends of the Library will hold its monthly book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the book sale room.

After a day filled with authors, poetry, music, craft demonstration and more, the 2009 Festival of the Book will close around a campfire with ghost stories and tales of the supernatural by storyteller Stephanie Holman.

Festival of the Book sponsors include the Banner Graphic, First National Bank, Friends of the Library, Greencastle League of Women Voters, Greencastle NAACP, North Salem State Bank and Putnam County Museum.

For a detailed schedule of festival events, look for the FOB ad in the Banner Graphic, log on to the library's Web site at or visit PCPL for a brochure.

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  • Took the family to the ghost stories told by a campfire. What great, great fun! The storyteller was fabulous.

    -- Posted by Hairy Tiger on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 3:00 PM
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