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Library Corner

August 29, 2013

There are many ways to offer a fond farewell

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“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” — Gilda Radner.

“Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.” — Walt Disney.

“But, reader, there is no comfort in the word ‘farewell,’ even if you say it in French. ‘Farewell’ is a word that, in any language, is full of sorrow. It is a word that promises absolutely nothing.” — Kate DiCamillo, “The Tale of Despereaux.”

“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.” and “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

“But the wild things cried, ‘Oh please don’t go — we’ll eat you up — we love you so!’ And Max said, ‘No!’ The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye.” — Maurice Sendak.

And to all of you, I add my own farewell: “Until we meet again, I wish you happiness and countless hours of contented reading.”

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Library corner appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.

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