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Chappaqua Library Turns into "Twain's Domain"

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Saturday’s opening ceremony marked the month-long transformation of the Chappaqua Public Library into Twain’s Domain.

Up until November 19, the library will be holding events almost daily in honor of 19th century author, Mark Twain.

Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard, Library Board of Trustees President Evelyn Bloom and Library Director Pamela Thornton were among the many who showed up for the celebration.

“I am so excited to have everyone here today for this month-long celebration of the written word,” said Thornton. “Our main goal and mission for this month is to engage the community to read and enjoy the works of Mark Twain.”

Following the speeches, the attention turned to William Gerrard, who briefly read from the first chapter of Twain’s book, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Up next was Barbara Snedecor, director of the Center for Mark Twain Studies, who gave a 140-slide presentation on the life and works of Twain.

Also contributing to the event was Key Food, which baked a custom cake especially for the occasion.

“We here in the Town are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful cultural facility as the library,” said Gerrard. “This is a beautiful day today and it’s a beautiful way to start off what is going to be a very exciting month of activities.”

Those activities begin on Sunday at 3 p.m., when a band, River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, will be performing a free concert at the library.

The beginning of the activities coincide with National Friends of Library Week, which runs from Oct. 16 to 22 and honors those friends within the community. The Friends of the Chappaqua Library were significant financial contributors in organizing Twain's Domain.

“At a time when the news is so filled with negative, divisive, destructive reportings, it’s really particularly joyous when the community can come together for something that is fun, cultural, intelligent and cross-generational,” said Shobha Vanchiswar, president of the Friends of the Chappaqua Library.

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