As a storyteller, I have many precious memories of visits to libraries for story time. Many were public and private school libraries, but there were the public libraries in Virginia who invited me for workshops and for summer series on a certain theme. Of course, Christmas was a favorite time for stories, and I have a quiver full of them. I love to bring poetry to every program, for children as well as adults for everyone loves poetry. There is no doubt in my mind that the greatest story ever told is the story of God's love for the human race--that he loves the world so much that he gave his Son to live among us so that we could walk in his steps and find the right path! And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:8-14
Here is a poem from an unknown author that I love to bring to my programs to adults: "It is Christmas in the mansion, Yule-log fires and silken frocks://It is Christmas in the cottage, Mother's filling little socks.//it is Christmas on the highway, in the thronging, busy mart;//But the dearest, truest Christmas Is the Christmas in the heart."
Merry Christmas to all church librarians! Maxine Bersch-Lovern