The Butterfield Library Says Goodbye to Tree April 10

Special ceremony planned at patron’s suggestion

The tree that graces the edge of the Butterfield Library’s front lawn in Cold Spring has reached the end of its life cycle. For a few years, the tree has shed its branches during wind and storms and, upon examination, it has been determined that it is hollow and rotten.

Throughout the years, this tree has provided shade from the sun, held the hours sign, and provided a peaceful spot for story time. To recognize the significance of its loss, one of the library’s patrons suggested the library have a ceremony to honor this tree.

There will be a special reading of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to say goodbye to the library’s leafy friend on Wednesday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome. Children are invited to bring handmade cards to say goodbye.

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