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Robert E. Lee visits Ash Flat Library

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Children's eyes lit up in awe as "Robert E. Lee" entered the conference room of the Ash Flat library Sept. 13 for Kid's Night Out, a bi-weekly event at the library.

Lee, who was clad in his civil war era attire spoke to the children and their parents about famous generals in the war, as well as the causes that led to the war, large battles and various highlights of the Civil war.

Children listened intently as he explained the number of causalities in modern numbers stating that more men were killed in the civil war than World War 1, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the first Persian Gulf War combined. He told the children that oftentimes the war which occurred on American soil pitted father against son and brother against brother.

Approximately 14 children and their parents or grandparents attended the event. Jeff Hamilton brought three of his children. At first the girls, Gracie Shackleford and Madison Hamilton, did not seem too interested but as he laid out the story the girls too began to listen to the story intently.

Residents of the nearby Martin Center were also present to enjoy the Civil War talk by ? At one point one of the parents handed Lee a bottle of water. As he fumbled with it, keeping up with his role, he acted as if he had never seen such a thing. The children were amused at his antics as they felt as through they had stepped back in time.

The Ash Flat Library has been very busy since their opening and besides using the facility for books, study and computers, they welcomes parents and their children out on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. One week the library hosts a children's art night and the following week is a treat for Kid's Night Out. Each week feature's fun and interesting activities geared at children and involving adults as well.

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