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Building up excitement for the release of Peter Jackson's film The Hobbit this December, a group of Forest Park parent/volunteers will read chapters of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic aloud at the library every Thursday afternoon, starting tomorrow at 4 p.m. They'll finish the book the week before the movie debuts in December.
"I saw the trailers for the movie and I had just finished reading the book to my 7-year-old daughter," said Frank Hansen. "Ordinary adults can read aloud to their kids. Even if the kids are older and able to read, it still makes sense, especially if stuff is a little more challenging."
Forest Park Library Youth Services Director Susan Kunkle was all too happy to make the program work for the volunteers. "I'm so appreciative of the idea and I'm glad we have a chance to collaborate," she said.
Hansen says he's looking forward himself to listening to the story of Bilbo Baggins and his quest to steal a dragon's treasure with a handy little magic ring he picks up deep inside a mountain.
It's all part of bringing programming the community asks for, said Kunkle.
"There's almost nothing I like better than reading aloud - to anyone, whatever age they are. I will always look for opportunities to do more of this."