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Tree of thanks grows in Imlay


People express gratitude at Imlay library



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More than 100 heartfelt notes of thanks have been penned by library patrons so far.
November 25, 2009
IMLAY CITY — The trees may be barren outside but the 'What are you thankful for?' tree inside Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library is growing more and more laden with leaves of gratitude.

Youth Services Coordinator Theresa Pickering fashioned the paper cut out at the suggestion of library director Kristen Valyi-Hax. Soon after she hung it last week near the front entrance, the tree started to leaf out as patrons started to voice their thanks on the paper leaves, in both English and Spanish.

Pickering said the tree is just one of many great ideas her boss, Valyi-Hax, has come up with.

"Things are tough right now but let's be thankful for what we do have," Pickering said.

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Some patrons were clearly in the moment when they expressed their gratitude for the "Ruth Hughes Library staff" and "my eyes to read."

Many jotted down their thanks for family and friends and more specifically things like, "my wonderful children" and "my two healthy, beautiful boys." Another wrote they were grateful "to have people that love me."

Others listed necessities—employment and food—that are harder to come by these days, considering the economy.

A few others included President Obama, yoga, God's grace, football and "my teddy bear."

Pickering said they'll leave the tree up for another week for patrons and visitors to enjoy and add to.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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