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Library Mad Hatter party fits some to a ‘tea’

Annaessa Dietrich looks over some decorative teacups at the Mad Hatter Tea Party Saturday morning held at the Roswell Public Library to honor author Lewis Carroll. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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A spot of tea, a taste of some cookies, a sampling of some literature and a bit of crafts occupied a couple of hours of some locals’ time Saturday morning as they commemorated the 187th birthday of Lewis Carroll by participating in a Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Roswell Public Library.

Carroll is the author of several books and poems, including “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” which includes the looney tea party with the Hatter and his friends. The 39 adults and children who gathered in the library’s Bondurant Room learned a bit about his life and heard Jim Bignell read from some of Carroll’s famous works.

In a room decorated with large playing cards, tea sets and paper flowers, those attending received some tips on tea etiquette (lift only the cup not the saucer, don’t stick your pinkies out, no multiple sips before replacing the cup on the saucer). They also could craft their own hats and make their own paper tea cups.

“It was basically just to have a fun day for the kids,” said Children’s Librarian Claire Gutierrez, who coordinated the event along with Children’s Assistant Librarian Crystal Harkness. “I grew up having tea parties all the time, and I think it is something fun to do. And they also learned a little bit about tea culture and can look into it more if they want.”

An event to make people “curiouser and curiouser” — Carroll and his adventurous Alice probably would approve of that.

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Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.