Under the Arches
2019 | December • January • February | 2020
Letter from the Director Dear Friends, As we gather this holiday season with dear family and friends, I am ever reminded of one of the many reasons that makes Pequot Library the special place that it is. From my vantage point, it is by far the people drawn to the library that continue to make this destination so beloved, year after year. From the professional staff to the dedicated volunteers, I am filled with much gratitude to you all for working with us to keep things running so effortlessly. As always, I extend a heartfelt thanks to our individual donors and business supporters who make much-needed financial commitments and in-kind donations to the library, year after year. Thank you. This season please do consider briging visiting guests to view the current Special Collections exhibition, Cover to Cover: How People Bind Their Books. This exhibition is truly a point of pride for us as it highlights some of the most unique objects found in our Special Collections. If you have not had an opportunity to check it out, it is on view through February 9, 2020. Our next exhibition, Riot, Sedition, Insurrection: Media and the Road to the American Revolution, opens on February 20 and highlights our holdings featuring the news and media stories leading up to the Revolutionary War. See page 9 for more information. I am also so thankful to those of you who have made your end of the calendar year donations. These funds directly support our free library services, programs for all ages, and exhibitions — we could not do it without your support. To donate, visit our website at www.pequotlibrary.org/ support/membership/friends-of-pequot-library. This season’s program brochure features another stellar line up of learning opportunities for all ages, and I am proud to highlight a few that I hope you can join us for. Be sure to catch author and professor Rochelle Almeida on Sunday, December 8 for the release of her memoir, The Year the World Was Mine: An Anglophile Hits a Half Century. Later this winter, you can look forward to a library favorite, the announcement of the One Book One Town book and author at 10:00 a.m. on January 7 at the Fairfield University Bookstore as well as the library’s annual Midwinter Book Sale on President’s Day weekend.
Butzi Moffitt and Stephanie Coakley
I wish you all a happy holiday season. Happy New Year 2020! With appreciation,
Stephanie J. Coakley Executive Director
thank you to our PARTNERS Pequot Library operates with support from the Town of Fairfield, individual donors, state government and foundation grants, and major business, corporate, and media partners. Thank you!
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For Adults Meet the Author
Rochelle Almeida Sunday, December 8 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate with author and professor Rochelle Almeida on the release of her memoir, The Year the World Was Mine: An Anglophile Hits a Half Century, which details her time spent in her dream location, London, the same year she hits a chronological half-century.
Tuesday, December 10 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
In his latest novel, The Girl and the Tiger, Paul Rosolie threads together the tales he’s collected in South America and India to tell the story of a girl who is every bit as wild as the tiger cub she risks her life to save. For more information, visit paulrosolie.com.
Lauren Acampora Tuesday, January 21 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Lauren Acampora’s electrifying debut novel, The Paper Wasp, is a riveting, knife-edge story of two women’s dark friendship of twisted ambition set against the backdrop of contemporary Hollywood. For more information, visit laurenacampora.com.
Thursday, February 27 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
In his latest historical fiction novel, Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn, Chris Formant brings to life the soldiers and the battle that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War and ensured the birth of a new nation. A Riot, Sedition, Insurrection Related Program — see pages 9-10.
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For Adults Writers at Pequot These relaxed talks focus on the craft of writing. Bring your own lunch.
“On Publishing” with Sonya Huber, Carol Ann Davis, and Gabi Coatsworth Saturday, January 18 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Who better to learn the ins and outs and the highs and lows of the publishing world from than Fairfield University’s MFA director and author Sonya Huber and incoming MFA director, author, and Fairfield University English professor Carol Ann Davis. They’ll be joined by acclaimed author and writer’s resource Gabi Coatsworth.
Picture Book Panel: Susan Hood, Lizzy Rockwell, and Abdul-Razak Zachariah Saturday, February 29 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
An all-star panel of children’s authors dive deep into the art of writing a picture book: inspiration, process, working with an illustrator, and publication. Join us for a lively and informative session with books available for sale and signing.
Lectures & Community Conversations This Is Home | Documentary Screening with Filmmaker Alexandra Shiva and Martine Dherte of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) Wednesday, January 15 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for an extraordinary conversation with Peabody Awardwinning filmmaker Alexandra Shiva and Martine Dherte, Refugee Services Program Manager at CIRI, as we screen This Is Home. Shiva’s 2018 Sundance Film award-winning documentary is an intimate portrait of four Syrian families arriving in Maryland and struggling to find their footing.
The Demon Rum and The Gold Coast: Temperance, Prohibition, and Rum Running Wednesday, January 29 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Richard “Deej” Webb — author, award-winning educator, and documentary filmmaker — leads a multimedia presentation that examines the political, economic, religious, and social role of alcohol in Connecticut over four centuries, 1640 – 2020, with a focus on local history drawing upon archival material from Pequot Library, the Fairfield Museum, and the Westport Historical Society, along with newspaper archives of the Bridgeport Library and the Westport Library.
Irish Cultural Program Sunday, February 9 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate all things Irish with the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Committee featuring Irish storytelling, step dancing, and Irish music. Special guests include the Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance, David Harris, Clan na Gael, and the Gaelic American Club Set Dancers.
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For Adults For Parents Essential Steps To Get Your 9th- and 10th-Grader School and College Admissions Ready Wednesday, February 12 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn how to ensure that your rising freshman or sophomore student is ready for school and the college admissions process. Parents will leave with the tools to help their child reduce stress and anxiety, lay the groundwork for the college admissions process, and achieve independence and balance in their high school lives.
Visual Arts & Films Ritual Abstractions: Australian Aboriginal Paintings with Annie MacDougall Thursday, January 23 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
This program explores the rich cultural art traditions of Australian Aboriginal peoples, their worldviews, and their deep ties to the earth. We will screen a short documentary and journey with artist and Indigenous art curator Annie MacDougall and her family on a 17-year sailing voyage around the world, when she first encountered these artistic narratives. MacDougall’s presentation also includes an examination of paintings from her extensive private art collection.
Pequot Presents: The Oscars
Wednesdays: beginning February 26 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
It’s awards seasons! Enjoy the most recent Oscar Best Picture nominees on the “big screen” in the Auditorium. Nominees announced in January 2020.
Workshops & Classes Pequot Purls
Thursdays: December 5 – February 27 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the weekly gathering of knitters. All experience levels are warmly welcomed.
Saturdays: December 14; January 11; February 8 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Research your family history with the help of experienced genealogists and resources from Pequot Library’s Special Collections and genealogy materials.
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For Adults Workshops & Classes Commit for 2020 Thursday, January 9 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Spend a fun evening with the Brooklyn strategy and branding firm Commit. Join us for a workshop where we’ll ask you to commit to something big for 2020 — and give you tangible steps to make it happen. Registration
Eating Well with Heather Carey Thursday, January 30 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Blend the science of nutrition with the creativity of cooking and support your 2020 food resolutions in a lasting and more satisfying way. Culinary Nutritionist Heather Carey, M.S., will help you understand health conditions and dietary needs and translate those needs into delicious, healthy cooking and eating.
Music Marianne Liberatore Instrumental Competition Sunday, December 1 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Music for Youth and Pequot Library proudly present the final stage of the 2019 Marianne Liberatore Instrumental Competition. Finalists will perform live in the Library’s Auditorium for their chance to win $1,000 in scholarship money.
Free Young Persons’ Concert Series: Jordan Dodson, Guitar Saturday, February 8 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Performance Today describes classical guitarist Jordan Dodson as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation.” A winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions, Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. He also received awards at the 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, the 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and the 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition.
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Community Partnerships Open MINDS Institute, part of the Quick Center for the Arts, is a “classroom without walls” presenting topical seminars and workshops led by master professors. Your commitment to the “life of the mind” is rewarded with stimulating ideas. These classes are entirely participatory, seeking ongoing dialogue between teachers and students as a learning partnership. This year marks new collaborations with the Fairfield University College of Arts & Sciences and Pequot Library. Registration + Fee @ Quick Center Box Office
At Pequot Library Celluloid Savagery: American Indians, Hollywood, and the Malformation of National Identity Mondays: February 3 – March 9 (no class February 17) 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Instructor: Peter Bayers, Ph.D.
This course examines Hollywood’s representation of the “savage” American Indian and its implications for national identity, as well as Native American filmmakers’ appropriation of film to flip the malformed Hollywood script and U.S. national identity.
Four Writing Challenges: An Author’s Journey Tuesdays: March 3 – March 24
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Instructor: Lary Bloom
In each session, the course will focus on one of Bloom’s projects that speaks to the larger issues that writers face. Each is drawn from a different project: for The New York Times, Connecticut Magazine, excerpts from a ghost-written book, and culminating with the challenges of researching and writing the a biography, Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas.
Affectionate Communication: An Exploration of Risks & Benefits of a Pivotal Message Wednesdays: March 4 – April 8 (no class March 11) 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Instructor: Sean Horan, Ph.D.
This course will discuss the ways we view affection, its role in maintaining established relationships, and its physiological benefits. We will also discuss the risks of affectionate communication, ranging from rejection to face-threatening acts to deception.
At The Quick Center Modern Art: A Guide for the Perplexed Wednesdays:, February 12 – March 11
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Instructor: Danielle Ogden
Get ready to strengethen your visual perception skills, pull back the curtain on today’s art world, and demistify the question, “What is modern art?” The fifth class will be at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Beethoven at 250
Tuesdays: February 18 – March 17
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Instructor: Orin Grossman, Ph.D.
No composer has fired the imagination and moved the consciousness of more people than Ludwig van Beethoven, who is enjoying his 250th birthday in 2020. As concerts throughout the world celebrate the event, this class will explore some of the reasons why his genius continues to resonate with us and inspire us. pequotlibrary . org
Midwinter Book Sale
Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, February 16 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
Books, LPs, DVDs, and CDs in your favorite categories: fiction, biography, history, art, cookbooks, children’s books, and more in “gently used” condition.
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Giving Day Thursday, February 27
12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Donate to Pequot Library during this 24-hour, online fundraiser sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. How to donate: On February 27, make a donation at www.fcgives.org/organizations/pequot-library-association. Visit pequotlibrary.org for details and best times to donate.
Pequot Library Giving Day Building & History Tour Thursday, February 27 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Kick off Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Giving Day at Pequot with coffee and doughnuts and a tour of our beautiful building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Special Collections & Exhibitions
Exhibitions Cover to Cover: How People Bind Their Books
On view through February 9 This exhibition covers different types of books, from miniature books to enormous folios, gold-stamped publishers’ bindings to stab-stitched paper wrappers, treasured bibles to ephemeral almanacs, 19th-century marbled papers to 15th-century stamped leather, and more! Peer into the “guts” of historic bindings to see how they were constructed, from the bookbinder’s craft to the print and manuscript waste hiding inside.
Riot, Sedition, Insurrection: Media and the Road to the American Revolution
On view February 20 – May 3 This exhibition will bring visitors through the pamphlets that memorialized and politicized key events in the early years of the American Revolution, from the Stamp Act to the Boston Massacre to the Battle of Bunker Hill. By looking at the same works that circulated in the streets, coffeehouses, and homes of Revolutionary-era Americans, we can experience the media environment that shifted public opinion from loyalty to rebellion.
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Special Collections & Exhibitions Cover to Cover Related Programs Bookbinding Demonstration Thursday, December 5 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bookmaker and artist Paulette Rosen will talk about the wide variety of bookbinding structures, both traditional and non-traditional, and how they are made. There will be many samples for participants to handle and examine. She will also demonstrate the basic sewing of book signatures, with opportunities for participants to have hands-on practice and ask questions. Registration
Lecture: A Short History of the Long History of Paper-Making Thursday, February 6 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cindy Ostroff, MLS. will explore the improving techniques in paper-making and the uses of paper in Europe from the time of its introduction to the present. There will be visuals and samples to illustrate this very interesting and culture-changing technology.
Riot, Sedition, Insurrection Related Programs Out of the Vault: Exhibition Preview Friday, February 14 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
See a preview of the materials selected for the exhibition Riot, Sedition, Insurrection: Media and the Road to the American Revolution. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the abundance of original documents in our Special Collections relating to media coverage and its role in manipulating public opinion.
Opening Reception with Special Guest Speaker George Miles Thursday, February 20 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the launch of our latest exhibition with George Miles, the William Robertson Coe Curator of Western Americana at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Enjoy a reception with a gallery tour at 7:00 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served.
Meet the Author: Chris Formant Thursday, February 27 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Book Title: Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn. See page 3.
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Special Finds | Dr. Jamie Cumby, Special Collections Librarian The work of preserving, maintaining, and making accessible Pequot Library’s Special Collections is always a journey of discovery. With over 30,000 items in our collection of rare books, manuscripts, and archives, I still haven’t put my hands on everything! This is part of what makes the everyday work of managing the collection so rewarding; even a simple task is an opportunity to find something new. While moving books recently, I made a particularly thrilling discovery: that Pequot’s relatively unassuming copy of Stephen Jones’ A New Biographical Dictionary, published in London in 1822, contains a hidden fore-edge painting. Fore-edge painting is a decorative technique wherein an artist paints an image, often a landscape or a portrait, along the trimmed surface of the pages of a closed book. A basic fore-edge painting will be immediately visible on a closed book, but hidden fore-edge paintings lie beneath the surface. Clamping the text block at a slant gives the artist a surface to paint on that effectively ‘disappears’ when the book is closed properly. Applying gilt to the edges of the book further covers up incidental traces of paint, and hides the painting from view until the entire text block is manipulated. Fore-edge painting has a lengthy tradition in bookbinding, dating to at least the 10th century with the application of symbolic and heraldic designs. However, the earliest surviving hidden fore-edge paintings are credited to Samuel Mearne, bookbinder to Charles II of England. The technique became popular in England in the 18th century, but most of the surviving examples today date from the 19th century on books belonging to collectors, like this one. I had sincerely hoped to find an example of this technique at Pequot, but, by its very nature, I would have had no idea that I was holding one in my hands had it not been for a helpful note written inside!
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Children & Family Programs Community Events Holiday Caroling Party and Open House Friday, December 13 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
A holiday tradition of family fun continues with horse-drawn carriage rides, cookies, and crafts. All ages welcome!
One Book One Town Book Announcement @ Fairfield University Bookstore Tuesday, January 7 10:00 a.m.
Join the Fairfield libraries as we reveal the selection for the 2020 One Book One Town, a program to unite Fairfield with one inspiring read.
Edible Book Festival Saturday, February 1 During library hours
View all of the amazing and pun-tastic creations inspired by literature! Imagine The Lord of the Onion Rings, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nut Thing, Much Ado About Muffin, and Ivanhoagie. Vote for your favorite entries. Winners will be announced at 3:00 p.m. Call for entries! Beginning December 1, you can enter your own creation into the Edible Book Festival. Visit our website for full details. Registration
Take Your Child to the Library Day Saturday, February 1 During library hours
Enjoy an open house as part of the international celebration known as Take Your Child to the Library Day. Visit the Children’s Library and take part in fun activities designed to highlight our offerings and to encourage children to explore the collection, get their library cards, and read!
Kids’ Candy Making Workshop Monday, February 10 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Make professional-looking chocolate treats complete with a gift box and card for Valentine’s Day! For ages 4-13. Registration
After-School Activities The Barclay Classes
Tuesdays: December 3; January 14; February 4 (series continues through April 2020) 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Third and Fourth Grades 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grades – Theme Night Program
Children develop social skills, confidence, and poise in a fun, ballroom dancing context. Registration + Fee
Tuesdays: December 17; January 7, 14 7:15 - 8:00 p.m.
Fathers and their children (ages 3+) can relax in front of the Reading Room fireplace and enjoy a bedtime story. Kids and adults can wear pajamas and make popcorn in the fireplace.
Friday Night Young Artists Café Fridays: January 31; February 28 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
The stage is open to students of all ages! Bring your talents and perform! Registration 12
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Children & Family Programs Storytimes Visit pequotlibrary.org to see the full roster of storytimes for children or contact the Children’s Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 259-0346 ext. 116.
Tuesdays: December 3, 10, 17; January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Stories, finger plays, rhymes, and songs for ages 2–3.
Music and Movement for Wigglers
Wednesdays: December 4, 11, 18; January 15, 22, 29; February 5 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Jump, hop, dance, and wiggle to the music for ages 5 and under.
Thursdays: December 5, 12, 19; January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Theme-based stories with a related craft for ages 3–5. Registration
Babes on a Blanket
Thursdays: December 5, 12, 19; January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Stories, rhymes, songs, and playtime for ages 0–12 months.
Chew on This: The Edible Book Festival! The idea for the Edible Book Festival came from a very excited patron who participated in one when she lived in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. She said it was such a fun experience and I proposed that we follow suit. Pequot Library will be holding its first Edible Book Festival on February 1 as part of Take Your Child to the Library Day! What is an Edible Book Festival? Good question! Edible Book Festivals are held internationally at libraries and other educational institutions annually, usually in April (learn more at www.books2eat. beatricecoron.com). Edible Books are typically lighthearted and punny food displays inspired by books. “The Communist Antipasto” (The Communist Manifesto) and “The Handmaid’s Tamale” (The Handmaid’s Tale) are two popular examples. Really, the punnier, the better! If you love books and food, this is your opportunity to get creative. You can see some examples on our website. Make your own edible book and be part of Pequot Library’s Edible Book Festival. Registration begins December 1. For more information and how to enter, visit our website at pequotlibrary.org. – Jane Manners Children’s Librarian
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calendar at a glance DECEMBER
SERIES, WEEKLY, AND ONGOING PROGRAMS
1 5 8 10 13 14 17
Affectionate Communication (p. 7) Wednesdays: March 4 – April 8
Marianne Liberatore Instrumental Competition (p. 6) Bookbinding Demonstration (p. 10) Meet the Author: Rochelle Almeida (p. 3) Meet the Author: Paul Rosolie (p. 3) Holiday Caroling Party and Open House (p. 12) Genealogy Roundtable (p. 5) Fireside Tales (p. 12)
The Barclay Classes (p. 12) Series runs through April Beethoven at 250 (p. 7) Tuesdays: February 18 – March 17
JANUARY 7 7 9 11 14 15 18 21 23 29 30 31
Babes on a Blanket (p. 13) Thursdays: December 5 – February 13
One Book One Town Announcement (p. 12) Fireside Tales (p. 12) Commit for 2020 (p. 6) Genealogy Roundtable (p. 5) Fireside Tales (p. 12) This Is Home Documentary Screening (p. 4) “On Publishing” (p. 4) Meet the Author: Lauren Acampora (p. 3) Ritual Abstactions (p. 5) The Demon Rum and the Gold Coast (p. 4) Eating Well with Heather Carey (p. 6) Friday Night Young Artists Café (p. 12)
FEBRUARY 1 Edible Book Festival (p. 12) 1 Take Your Child to the Library Day (p. 12) 6 Lecture: A Short History...of Paper-Making (p. 10) 8 Genealogy Roundtable (p. 5) 8 Concert: Jordan Dodson, Guitar (p. 6) 9 Irish Cultural Program (p. 4) 10 Kids’ Candy Making Workshop (p. 12) 12 Essential Steps...College Admissions Ready (p. 5) 14 Out of the Vault: Exhibition Preview (p. 10) 15-16 Midwinter Book Sale (p. 8) 20 Riot, Sedition, Insurrection Opening Reception (p. 10) 27 Giving Day Fundraiser (p. 8) 27 Building and History Tour (p. 8) 27 Meet the Author: Chris Formant (p. 3) 28 Friday Night Young Artists Café (p. 12) 29 Picture Book Panel (p. 4)
Celluloid Savagery (p. 7) Mondays: February 3 – March 9 Cover to Cover Exhibition (p. 9) On view through February 9 Crafty Kids (p. 13) Thursdays: December 5 – February 13 Four Writing Challenges (p. 7) Tuesdays: March 3 – March 24 Modern Art (p. 7) Wednesdays: February 12 – March 11 Music and Movement for Wigglers (p. 13) Wednesdays: December 4 – February 5 Pequot Presents: The Oscars (p. 5) Wednesdays: beginning February 26 Pequot Purls (p. 5) Thursdays: December 5 – February 27 Riot, Sedition, Insurrection Exhibition (p. 9) On view February 20 – May 3 Wee People (p. 13) Tuesdays: December 3 – February 11
Visit pequotlibrary.org for more information and the full calendar of programs and events.
All programs are free and open to the public unless specified. Registration or Tickets in event descriptions indicates a program requiring registration or tickets. Pequot Library’s services and programs are supported in part by the Town of Fairfield and the Friends of Pequot Library. pequotlibrary . org
Program brochure design: Victoria Konopka and Jennifer Prat Copy: Christine Catallo, Caroline Owens Crawford, Jamie Cumby, Ph.D., Jean Kaul, Owen Lockwood, Jane Manners
Front cover: Revolutionary Heroes at Bunker Hill, Fighting Under Our Country’s First Flag, The Rattlesnake Flag Picture Postcard c. 1908 On Loan from John Herzog
Holiday Closings Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24 Christmas: Wednesday, December 25 New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 20 Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 17
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