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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Teddy Bear Tea program at the Poland library featured a reading of "Andy Finds a Friend" by the author, Linda Brady Smith of New Middletown.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Teddy Bear Tea event had a basket raffle and a lunch for the families at the program. Families could also purchase Linda Brady Smith's book and get an autograph from her and her granddaughter, Avery Elise Sun, who illustrated the book. Pictured are, from left, John Ragan, Jack Miner, Smith and Sun.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.10-year-old Avery Elise Sun illustrated the children's book "Andy Finds a Friend." The library set up a couple tables for other children to draw their favorite teddy bears. Pictured, from left front and moving clockwise, are Isabella Magura, Marissa Swantek, Christian Riley and Rylynn Stafford.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Children talked to author Linda Brady Smith about their teddy bears after she read her story. Pictured, Charlotte Thorne showed her teddy bear to Smith.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Poland library hosted a Teddy Bear Tea event on Feb. 16. The event benefitted the Springfield library. Pictured, from left, Delana Ragan, Camille Miner, John Ragan and Jack Miner attended the event with their teddy bears.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Springfield Capital Campaign Committee had a special literary event at the Poland library on Feb. 16 to raise money for the Springfield library.

Michele DeRhodes, chair of the committee, invited New Middletown author Linda Brady Smith to the library to read her children’s book “Andy Finds a Friend.” The event, “Teddy Bear Tea,” brought in many local families and children with their teddy bears.

The program began with Smith’s reading of the story. Then, the children went to tables in the room to draw their favorite teddy bears. They finished the event with lunch. They had a number of sandwiches and vegetables to eat. They also had Teddy Grahams crackers for the children to have as a snack.

Smith created the story many years ago when her daughter was young. She used to tell it to her daughter and then her granddaughters. Eventually, her family convinced her to publish the story as a children’s book.

Families bought Smith’s book and had Smith and her ten-year-old granddaughter Avery Elise Sun sign them. Sun illustrated the pages for the book.

Smith said she had her granddaughter create the pictures for the book because Sun is a talented artist and she wanted to give her granddaughter a good outlet to display her talents.

The event also had a basket raffle with prizes related to teddy bears. The proceeds from the event went toward the Springfield library branch.

The committee does multiple events in Springfield to raise money for the library, such as a breakfast with Santa in December and a Ladies Night Out at the New Middletown Roadhouse. They will also have their own book reading on April 15 where Christine Ridarski, a historian, will read a book review about Susan B. Anthony she co-edited.

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