, Newburyport, MA


February 22, 2013

A new chapter

Former Newbury children's librarian releases first book


So, Collins, who left her position as children’s librarian in Newbury one year ago for a position in Ipswich, decided to rectify that problem while also fulfilling a long-held goal.

As a joint project with her longtime friend Margie Florini, Collins wrote a children’s book, “The Pajamas of My Dreams.” Florini, a friend of Collins since their high school days in Beverly, illustrated the story. She operates Florini Fine Arts in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

“We always said, ‘Someday we’ll do a book together,’” Collins said.

Released this week, that book, illustrated in cut-paper collage format, ponders the question that all children face — “what will I be when I grow up?” Collins ties the question to bedtime and tells of children falling asleep and dreaming of their futures.

“Tomorrow’s bakers might see cupcakes and confections sprinkled on the pajamas of their dreams, while budding entomologists envision ants and butterflies on theirs,” Collins writes in a description of her story.

At the end of the book, Collins shares the important overall message of her story in a way that children can relate. Parents can use that message to begin a dialogue with their children, she said.

“I wish for cozy pajamas that smell fresh and clean. They are fuzzy and wooly and keep me toasty even if my bedroom is cold,” she writes. “I dream of going to sleep with a full belly, in pajamas that fit well enough to keep me protected from the cold all night long. I dream I will wake in the morning rested and ready for school. I dream of being warm and safe in my bed at night.”

Collins and Florini held a formal launch of the book this week at the Roots to Wings Yoga Studio in Byfield before a crowd of pajama-clad children and families — many of whom were loyal patrons of Collins in Newbury, as well as several Ipswich families. The launch also served as a pajama drive for Cradles to Crayons.

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