Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nativities Decorate the Library

Carved out of suar wood, this is one of the two sets representing Indonesia.
Every year the library unpacks and puts on display nativity scenes that I have collected over the past twenty-five years. This year the collection has grown to nearly seventy nativities representing more than thirty different cultures from five continents. Most of them were gifts, many purchased by my husband from World Nativity which is one family’s
"charitable project of supporting artisans from countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America by importing their handcrafted Nativity creations. 100 percent of profits from this project are given to charitable causes in poor countries." (http://www.worldnativity.com/)

Each one has a story!

Come by during our limited intersession hours and take a tour before they are packed back in their boxes until next Thanksgiving.

Did you know that Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with the creation of the first nativity scene 790 years ago?

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Robin Hartman is Director of Library Services at Hope International University. She is curious about how the organization and communication of information shapes society and is committed to equipping students to impact the world for Christ.

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