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The Story of Blue, Miracle of Hickory

The Story of Blue, Miracle of Hickory

March 06, 2018

Blue is an extraordinary story – both heart-warming and historical – set in Hickory in 1944 during World War II. A family whose father has gone off to war is left to carry on in a harsh and unprotected environment for which they are ill-equipped. The eldest daughter, Ann Fay, is given a set of overalls and instructions by her dad to be the “man of the house” while he’s away – a daunting task for any child, made especially difficult when the frightening polio epidemic strikes. In the face of tragedy, Ann Fay discovers her resourcefulness and her ability to move forward amid seemingly insurmountable challenges. An inspiring story to read, share, and celebrate together as a community. Please make sure to join us for the entire slate of events happen this week – there's much more to learn about the history in your own back yard!:

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Companion Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Thursday, March 15 at 6 pm
Join us to discuss the polio epidemic in Hickory and the impact of the development of a polio vaccine as explored in this gripping book.

CONOVER
Blue Bingo Book Talk and Tears Bottle Craft
Tuesday, March 13 at 4 pm
Design and create your own tears bottle like the characters Ann Fay and Imogene. Appropriate for all ages.

Miracle Film Screening
Tuesday, March 13 at 6 pm
Experience the Miracle of Hickory during a screening of Miracle, a local documentary highlighting Catawba County’s remarkable response to the Polio Outbreak of 1944. The film highlights patient and volunteer stories and the treatment of polio at the time. Featuring talk backs with filmmaker Richard Eller and polio survivors at
selected locations.

SHERRILLS FORD-TERRELL
Miracle Film Screening

Monday, March 12 at 6 pm
Experience the Miracle of Hickory during a screening of Miracle, a local documentary highlighting Catawba County’s remarkable response to the Polio Outbreak of 1944. The film highlights patient and volunteer stories and the treatment of polio at the time. Featuring talk backs with filmmaker Richard Eller and polio survivors at
selected locations.

Join us for one of these sessions at a branch nearest you!