Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"I'll tell ya' the story..."

New Hampshire's most well-known storyteller will be at the library on Wednesday, December 19, at 7 p.m. Our book discussion group will be talking about his story collection, Fritz Wetherbee's New Hampshire, but we expect a lot of extra folks to drop in to meet the man whose distinctive voice and Yankee wit have been entertaining us for a long time. We are strongly recommending reservations for this program. There are a few seats left, but they won't be for long. Call us at 424-5021 or email to see if we can seat you.

I moved to NH 30 years ago and met Fritz almost immediately, as he was a disc jockey on what my husband called "Radio Free Peterborough" and I worked at the Town Library, where Fritz would sometimes call for help with a question. We created a game for National Library Week called "Stump the Librarians." Fritz would come to the library for an afternoon with a live audio feed, and we'd take questions on the phone and answer them--or at least try to--on the air with Fritz. This was in the days before the Internet, so it was easier to stump us than it is now, and we gave out food coupons and other donated trinkets to the people who stumped us. Fritz was as as witty then as he is now, and we always had great fun when he came to the library. We'll have great fun next Wednesday, too.

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