By JEANNE STARMACK
On the second floor of the Hubbard Public Library, there is a bust of the distinguished William Shakespeare.
This likeness of the Bard, however, is not as dignified as the countless other paintings, drawings and sculptures of him throughout the world.
A black and white knitted hat, with cow ears and eyes and a pink nose, not only graces his bald head, it swallows it. You actually have to lift up the hat to see that it’s Bill in there.
He does make an OK model for the knitted hats the library is collecting for distribution to city children this October.
But Friday, there were much better models downstairs.
There in the library’s Children’s Room, the babies of Rhythm ’n’ Rhyme, a preliteracy and motor skills program for children up to 24 months, were upstaging Bill big-time.
He could not match the chubby-cheeked cuteness of Sophia O’Neill, 14 months, in her bear hat.
Nor could he outshine the sparkle of 5-month-old Uriah Lauderman’s bright blue eyes.
That was exactly the library’s plan. To find the cutest models it could to promote its need for knitters, or at least people willing to donate yarn to a group of knitters called the Fortnightly Craft Group, which meets twice a month at the library.
That group will knit hats for city kids and for the military.
“We do have a lot of hats already,” said assistant library director Leslie Kimble. The stock includes animal characters such as cows, bears, a pig, a bee with booties, a penguin and a koala bear.
The library still would like a lot more, however, to achieve what it calls a “respectable delivery” in October: hats of every kind and color, including animal characters. Scarves will also be collected.
For hats for the troops, knitters have to use wool, which won’t catch fire and melt as easily as other yarn. The library has knitting and crochet patterns available at its information desk, and the Fortnightly group welcomes anyone who wants a refresher course on how to wield the needles or hook.
People who just want to donate yarn can bring it to the library, which promises: “the Fortnightly crafters go through quite a few skeins without even blinking.” For more information, call the library at 330-534-3512, ext. 6.