Remembering the reason for the seasonPublished 8:25pm Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Nativity display at Adeila M. Russell library honors true meaning of Christmas
A group of ladies have worked to bring the true meaning of Christmas to the Adeila M. Russell Library.
Sheralyn Belyeu, Marge Johnson and Cathy Zaniewski have assembled a nativity display that will be on display for the next few weeks.
“Most of the pieces here come from all of us,” Johnson said. “I collected a lot of mine from my travels.”
Figurines and statuettes from as far off as Germany, Israel, Peru and Belize can be found in the collection. The statues are all different – though some fit together as a set – and the items are made from various materials such as wood and porcelain. Belyeu, who is on the library’s board of directors, said the tradition started around seven years ago.
“My kids grew up reading books here, and we love this library,” Belyeu said. “We wanted a space to display some of our nativities, and the library offered this space up. We just want to share this with the community.”
Johnson said it is her hope that the display will remind people of the true meaning of Christmas.
“Every year you hear about the commercialization and consumerism that surrounds the holiday season and the birth of Jesus,” Johnson said. “This is just one way that you can honor the birth in the way it is meant to be honored.”
The effort transcends different denominations of faith, Belyeu said.
“One of the big things we are looking at is finding things to work together on,” Belyeu said. “Marge is Catholic and I am Mormon, but we are finding we have so much in common.”
“There is so much more that unites us rather than divides us in all the Christian denominations,” Johnson said.
There is no charge to view the nativities. They can be view anytime during the library’s regular business hours. The library is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.