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Events to fete retirement of longtime children's librarian

Several upcoming events will celebrate Forest Grove Children’s Librarian Ann Dondero as she prepares to retire after 37 years of service.

Dondero was be recognized by the City Council on Monday, Jan. 25, during the evening council meeting.

Next, to honor Dondero’s role in leading 37 consecutive years of B.E.A.R. Month (Be Enthusiastic About Reading) celebrations each January, the public can join her one last time for a teddy-bear parade through the library at either 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26; 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27; or 6 p.m. later that Wednesday, when an evening story-time and parade will follow a door-prize drawing. Tickets will be available between 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The parades will each follow a Teddy Bear story-time session.

And this year, the evening will culminate with a 7 p.m. production of the Oregon Shadow Theatre’s “Puss in Boots” for adults and children 4 and up.

As always, the programs

are free and open to the