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Actress Miller to return to library as Beatrix Potter
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A popular visitor will be returning to the Lawrence Public Library for a free feature presentation next month.

At 7 p.m. on March 11, Debra Ann Miller will travel from the Chicago area to portray Beatrix Potter, a popular children's author best known for her stories about Peter Rabbit. Miller, a trained actress, has previously performed at the Lawrenceville library, as American novelist Louisa May Alcott, English novelist Jane Austen and Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln.

"We're happy to have her," said library director Dianne Brumley. "Not only is she an actress, but she does research on the person she's portraying. If someone has a question about that character, she's going to know the answer. You'll get a real good look into that person."

Beatrix Potter is one of the most beloved children's authors and illustrators of all time. Her attention to detail and skill goes far beyond Peter Rabbit and his friends. She produced and copyrighted stuffed toys, developed board games, coloring pages and wallpaper.

She is a personal favorite of Brumley.

"Her drawings are what make her books so special to me," Brumley said. "They're so detailed. And her stories aren't really what you could call soft. In one of them, she talks about someone being put into a soup pot. There is some edge to her stories and (Miller) will be able to bring that to life, too."

Light refreshments will be served following the performance, which will be prepared by program director Lynda Buchanan.

"She tries to prepare food that would have been served at that time," Brumley said. "And with Lynda in charge, you know it will be good."

Miller will be performing at the Carnegie Public Library in Paris on March 10, before journeying to Lawrenceville. According to Brumley, the two libraries are splitting the travel costs, which helps the Lawrence Public Library make the show available for free.


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