This afternoon at 4:45, the Guilford Free Library will host a Hanukkah event for children ages 5 and up. The event will feature a dramatic reading of "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins," by Eric Kimmel.
"The story will be read by Guilford residents, Julie Harris, former Guilford Free Library staff member and Hersch Sommer, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple BethTikvah," shares Children Librarian Peggy Day.
The Library event originally called for registration, but after chatting with Peggy last night, she's inviting residents to just stop by; no call ahead needed! But make sure to get there on time, the event will start promptly at 4:45 and until 5:30.
The classic book tells the tale of Hershel of Ostropol, a famous character in Jewish folklore. This is what Amazon said about the story:
What are the poor villagers to do? The holiday-hating, hill-dwelling hobgoblins are bound and determined to ruin yet another Hanukkah for them. Every year the beasties snuff out the menorah candles, destroy the dreidels, and pitch the potato latkes on the floor. But these wicked wet blankets never counted on someone as clever as Hershel of Ostropol showing up. Using his wits and a few props--pickles, eggs, and a dreidel (a square-shaped top with Hebrew letters on each side)--Hershel manages to outwit all the creepy critters and break the spell.
The book is illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, who's illustrated several award-winning books. The author, Kimmel, is a well-known folklorist and author of numerous children's books.