On August 16, 2018, Macedon Public Library’s “Story Time Lady” passed away at age 92. Rosalie shaped the lives of countless children with her creative programming and puppeteering. Many children who are now adults living in Macedon may have fond memories of watching puppet shows with Betty Blue and Peter Pocket who had the ability to engage children by popping up from the confines of a wooden box. When not performing, Betty Blue and Peter Pocket took naps in the box to energize for the next story time.
Gabbert also authored a book entitled, Mr. Bee Man. The book explained about Lorenzo Lorrain Langstroth, “the father of bee keeping.” The non-fiction book explains how a young boy interested in insects grew up to discover through careful observation a very important detail that led him to be able to create bee hives for the harvesting of honey. It also illustrates the importance of perseverence, curiosity and passion which are so important to success in life. Two copies of the book will be available to borrow.
All members of the community who knew Rosalie Gabbert and were impacted by her creativity, love of learning and knowledge are invited to the library on Tuesday, January 8 at 4:30 pm to take part in a special ceremony. The library will be re-naming the Discovery Room in Rosalie Gabbert’s honor and a custom-made plaque will be hung.
Rosalie’s family will be in attendance, and we will hear people speak about many of the wonderful ways Rosalie made a difference in the lives of so many people within the Macedon area. Community members in attendance are welcome to join in the reminiscing by sharing their own warm memories of Rosalie, too.
Light refreshments will be served. This event will be hosted in the Children’s Story Time area of the library.