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Fairy Tale Show brings funds for new plans

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Fairy Tale Show is returning to the Jemison Municipal Complex.

This annual favorite serves as a fundraiser for the Jemison Library while providing a fun night of storybook characters and games.

This year, the event will have the added significance of helping raise funds for the libraries new location.

“Jemison Library will have the book nook, and we will be selling books for a quarter to raise money (for the new library),” librarian Tammie McGriff said.

She said the books will include everything from childhood classics such as the Hardy Boys to modern adult favorites by Nora Roberts.

Books to be sold are ones that either have not been checked out in a long time or that the library has multiple copies of.

Both hardback and softcover books will be selling for 25 cents.

Many of the local queens, Girl Scout Troop 337 and Venture Crew 747 are participating this year. Characters from Dr. Seuss, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Charlotte’s Web, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid are expected to be on site.

Each group’s booth will feature a different fairy tale. Many also have games or activities for attendees to participate in.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for school age children. Admission is free for children younger than 5 years old.

Old Town Eatery will have food for sale at the event.

“I love to see all of the children,” McGriff said. “They just light up that night during the event.”

She said she enjoys seeing people from each area of Chilton County participate in the event.

Exactly when the Jemison Library will change locations has not been determined.

McGriff said she is excited about the move.

“It has been wonderful,” McGriff said. “We have had people to help us in so many ways. “

The Jemison City Council purchased a building in 2018 to serve as a new location for the library to expand services and allow more room for offices at Jemison City Hall.  The building had been a former City hall and fire station.

Renovations have begun, and McGriff said several community members have stepped in to help out. Two members are building wooden bookshelves for the new space, and many have volunteered to help with the actual move.

The library is also accepting monetary donations toward the project.