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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Library releases 2nd edition of 'Kid's History of Early Plainfield'

Background of the booklet's cover is an early sketch map of Plainfield.

A generous grant from the Cultural & Heritage Commission funded the Plainfield Public Library's recent release of a revised and updated A Kid's History of Early Plainfield.

The original 2002 edition of the 16-page booklet for young readers was prepared by Alice Nizo, then head of the Children's Room.

According to Library Director Joe Da Rold, the revised and updated version was edited by Genealogy Librarian Jane Thoner and Sarah Hull, head of the Local History Collection, using materials that were not available for the first edition.

Young readers get an overview of Plainfield's history from the area's earliest Native American inhabitants up to the growth of the settlement into a modern city.

There are also pages noting famous people from Plainfield and some Plainfield 'firsts' as well as a glossary of some unfamiliar words and a list of resources for further reading.

The Culture & Heritage Commission grant allowed for an expanded printing of 5,000 hard copies of the booklet, which is available in the children's Rainforest Reading Room.

As a sign of how times have changed in the years since the original release, a PDF version of the booklet is also available on the Library's website (see here).

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