Greenwich writer Albert Repicci is the author of a new book designed to reconnect children with "the true focus of Christmas."
"Sarah and the Red Scarf" (Xlibris, $14.99) follows a young girl in Bethlehem who offers three travelers a lantern to guide them through the night.
Sarah has no idea that the men are the "three kings" who would be celebrated for their Christmas visit to the manger where Christ is born.
When she crosses paths with the travelers, Sarah is struggling with growing pains that any adolescent reader can understand, Repicci believes.
"Sarah's story is meant to reinforce the virtues and demons we all experience, but set against the familiar and redemptive setting of Christmas," Repicci said.
The author hopes the story of "this selfless yet flawed young girl" can start family conversations about the true meaning of Christmas and "the importance of virtues such as reconciliation, compassion, humility and determination."
Repicci is currently in private practice as an orthodontist in Greenwich.
He completed his orthodontic studies at Columbia University and then undertook short-term mission projects in the mountains, remote villages, and jungles of 13 countries in Asia, South and Central America, and Africa.
Repicci has contributed op-ed pieces to the Greenwich Time.
Holiday book festival
The Fairfield University Bookstore is holding a holiday festival on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. that will include a story time, book signings, a gingerbread workshop, and a visit from Santa Claus.
Marilynn Halas will be on hand to sign copies of books in her children's series, "The Fuzzwippers."
For more information on the event, visit www.4SunflowersMedia.com.
Food instead of late fees
The Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven is sponsoring a special "Holiday Food For Fines Drive 2013" in which monetary fines on overdue library materials can be paid with one non-perishable food item.
The program will be in effect through Tuesday, Dec. 31.
All food items will be donated to the East Haven Food Pantry at Christ and Epiphany Church in honor of the holiday season.
Library spokesperson Cyntha Gwiazda said the library "is hoping to collect many food items this year, as the need for food has increased across many communities."
Items such as canned soups, pasta, tuna fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and other non-perishable canned items are welcomed.
Food products with expired dates will not be accepted.
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