By Helena Gondry\r\nHillsboro Library Friends\r\n\r\n\u201cShepherd\u2019s Pie, Wild Mushrooms and English Tea\u201d\r\n Reflections \r\non Beatrix Potter \r\n(1866-1943)\r\n\r\nI have come to believe that the library is filled with adventure. \r\nAs soon as we go through the door, we magically become \u201cpatrons.\u201d\r\nWe have our own library card, along with certain behaviors and other astonishments. I\u2019ve noticed everyone tries to be polite and quieter than usual. We may even whisper to keep from disturbing the deep condensation, err I mean, concen- tration, of a patron, who may be a scholar-in-disguise. \r\nEvidently, books can be located because they have been catalogued by genre (oh!) according to a secret code. \r\nBooks come in all shapes and sizes. \r\nBeatrix Potter was a pioneer in creating a book small enough for a child\u2019s hands to hold. To children, Beatrix\u2019s animals are real. They have family, friends and habitats where they play and get into mischief. \r\nOnce published, Potter became famous and wrote a collection of stories or oeuvre. \u201cOeuvre?\u201d Thank goodness there is always a dictionary in the library. \r\nAn example might be, \u201cThe Tale of Peter Rabbit,\u201d but maybe not. \r\nIllustrations are always an integral part of children\u2018s literature. Children can understand what is happening, even if they are too young to read. When there are giggles and gasps of surprise and you see fingers pointing here and there, you know that both reader and child are enchanted. Potter did her own illustrations and was an accomplished watercolorist. Upon close inspections and comparisons, one finds that she studied the natural sciences to which she added her creative imagination and a palette of pastel colors. One of her early mentors, Charles McIntosh, a naturalist, helped Potter develop her skills in the identification and drawing of fungi \u2013 the study of mycology \u2013 and became her first scientific collaborator. \r\nThe other day I checked out a children\u2019s book, a true story about Vasily Kandinsky \u2013 The Noisy Paint Box, by B. Rosenstock. He became a renowned abstract impressionist painter with a courageous innovative artistry. \r\nRosenstock was born in Russia in 1866, the same year as Potter. \r\nWithin the constraints of the Victorian era, Potter, later in life, had the resources to live her passion for nature and the preservation of farmland. \r\nAlso at this time, the landscape of American art and literature was shifting. Romantic idealism faded away and the realities of a post Civil War with an impulse toward regionalism washed ashore. It was a period in world history that planted seeds in the expressive arts and witnessed their blossoming.\r\nFor inquisitive patrons who saunter through woodlands and library bookshelves, may I suggest: \r\nBeatrix Potter, A life in Nature, by Linda Lear\r\nLiving with Sheep, by Chuck Wooster\r\nFriday August 28, promises a day of delight at the Hillsboro Library. \r\nIn the afternoon, the elementary school children gather with Peter Rabbit and Friends. \r\nIn the evening, the community is invited to a potluck supper at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation: Beatrix Potter: The Author and Her Country Inspiration. \r\nBeatrix Potter is portrayed by actress and award-winning writer Maria McKelvey. She will be assisted by Ann Troxell, North American Coordinator for the Reading Program of The Beatrix Potter Society. In her travels through the Pocahontas hills, she and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle will see a pastoral landscape similar to the Lake District of England that Potter loved.\r\nStella Callison, a Hillsboro sheep farmer, will join us, as well.