Storybook Character Exhibit at Pack Memorial Library

Pack Memorial Library, for the fourth year, hosted storybook character figurines made by the GoFigure doll club in April.

The collection has a wide variety of characters ranging from Alan Snow’s “Here Be Monsters” box trolls to the Cheshire Cat of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. The material which the characters are made varies from felt, needlework and clay.

Karen Hawkins, retired schoolteacher and club moderator, said the club members really want to give back to the community.

“We like to go to the schools, but you don’t reach all the children because you can’t go to every school,” said Hawkins. “At the library we get a lot of nice, wonderful exposure with different people that come in to visit the library and it’s a nice surprise for them to suddenly see characters come alive.”

There are about thirty members in the doll club, and their inspiration comes from books they find, childhood favorites and requests from children on school visits.

“Doll making for me is a way to share the good times and the bad times with people on a personal level, but yet you don’t really know them,” Hawkins said, “they can see in your work something that maybe you don’t really see or haven’t really thought about.”

Information about GoFigure can be found on the club’s website.