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The Art of the Handwritten Note

The Friends of the Needham Public Library and the North Hill Library Committee invite you to their co-sponsored

Program by Author Margaret Shepherd

The Art of the Handwritten Note

Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

Auditorium at North Hill, 865 Central Ave., Needham.
(Park in a Visitor parking space and enter through the main door.)

Free and open to the public

As drawn by
Al Hirschfeld

When you receive the daily mail, do you jump to open the handwritten envelopes first because you can’t wait to see who has written and why? Or do you hold those letters aside to savor and enjoy after you are done sorting your bills and tossing the junk mail? Whatever your approach, you no doubt recognize the importance of the note that comes in a unique envelope with distinct handwriting and possibly a decoration or two.

The history and significance of notewriting, coupled with its enduring personal impact, make compelling reasons to put pen to paper. Ms. Shepherd advises how to overcome such obstacles as smeared ink, wavy margins, uphill drift, or poor penmanship, as well as writer’s block. A celebrated calligrapher with works appreciated as art, her case for the handwritten missive directs you to the next level: selection of stationery in sync with your own style and message.

Copies of her book, The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication (Broadway, 2002), will be available for purchase and autographing.

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