|Sharon Wheeler, owner of Purple Crow Books, reads “The Polar Express” on Wednesday, Dec. 23,
2009. Wheeler said the reading was a way to say “thank you” to the community. Still, Wheeler said there was a way the children in the audience could make someone’s day. “I bet if you walk up to someone on the street and say, ‘Merry Christmas,’ I bet they’ll just smile and smile because it’s a gift,” she said.
Photo by Vanessa C. Shortley