Students enjoy visit to local library

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 18, 2016
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Assistant Librarian Sara Davis, left, reads a story to first-graders from Warren Community School Oct. 14.

Warren — First-grade students from Warren Community School went on a walking field trip Oct. 14 to the Warren Free Public Library.

They enjoyed being read a couple of stories, then were able to peruse books on their own before getting a big surprise.

Assistant Librarian Sara Davis announced each child would be returning to school with a brand-new book.

Davis had received a call from the India Phillips Foundation asking if she would like to receive some free books. The foundation distributes books for free to schools, libraries, children's clubs and learn-to-read programs.

The foundation was created to honor India Phillips, a girl who died at 4 years old, but understood and practiced the art of being kind and accepting of others.

The book the students received was called "The Friendship Fairy," and was written and illustrated by two of India's teachers using three of the many acts of friendship she displayed at school.

It seeks "to teach children that helping others and being a friend to those who need it is one of the most important traits we as humans can have," according to the foundation's website.

Davis said the book is not about being the strongest, biggest, or smartest, but about friendship -- "that helps everyone."

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Henry Sanborn, left, and Rowan Read enjoy looking through the many offerings at the Warren Free Public Library. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
From left, Payton Ripley, his mom, and Kaylee Booker share a little reading time. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Farren Perkins thumbs through a book during her class' visit to Warren Free Public Library Oct. 14. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
First-grade classmates Owen Anderson, left, and Jayden Shorey look over some of the books at the Warren Free Public Library. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
From left, Warren Community School first-graders Izabella Montgomery, Sawyer Chapman and Mylie Creamer pose for a photo op at Warren Free Public Library Oct. 14. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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