Tompkins County Public Library

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Collectors young and old are invited to share and write about their favorite trinkets, gizmos or gadgets at the Tompkins County Public Library Sunday, September 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM as Irene Zahava hosts “Swell Stuff” an inter-generational creative writing workshop.

This program is being held in conjunction with the 2011 Community Read of E.L. Doctorow’s “Homer and Langley,” which is based on the now-folkloric lives of the Collyer brothers, whose bodies were found in 1947 amidst 100-ton of refuse---including newspapers, preserved human organs and a Model T Ford---in their Fifth Avenue brownstone.

While the Collyer brothers were extreme, almost all collectors have stories to tell.

“Whether it's four fountain pens, 13 pairs of tap shoes, 99 plastic wind-up toys or 200 matchbooks, this workshop will give you the opportunity to display a small sample of your SWELL STUFF, and to write about it,” Zahava said.

Participants should bring a few items from their collection, a notebook and a pen. This workshop is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is appreciated.

To register, contact Zahava at 607-273-4675 or Zahava is the director of Emma’s Writing Center, where she has been leading Writing Circles for children and adults since 1994.

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