Local author will read books by Morris at Polk County Public Libraries Storytime
Posted at 11:07 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022
COLUMBUS – Morris the Horse, the beloved landmark at the corner of Trade and Pacolet streets, has represented Tryon since 1928. Local author Robin A. Edgar will share her children’s storybooks, The Day Morris Quit, with illustrations by Ronnie Mosseller, and the sequel, The Day Morris Went to School, at Polk County Public Library Storytime this month. She will be at the Columbus Library on Wednesday, September 14 at 10:30 a.m. and at the Saluda Library on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m.
A lifestyle journalist for over 35 years, Edgar has worked for over 30 years with children as a professional actor, mime and storyteller. Mosseller, owner of the Mills Mosseller studio in Tryon and maker of fine rugs and tapestries, has worked as an artist and illustrator for nearly 70 years. His work on The Day Morris Quit was his last creative attempt before his passing. Both books focus on a growth mindset message that you thrive on challenges and see failure not as a way to describe yourself, but as a springboard for growth and development of your capacities.
Today’s Morris is a replica of the wooden toy horse first built by two Tryon Toy Makers employees, Meredith Lankford and Odell Peeler, to advertise the first horse show sponsored by Tryon Riding and Hunt Club and held in Harmon Field. After a car pulled Morris through town, he became a symbol of the community’s love for horses as well as a reminder of the legacy of when Tryon Toy Makers shipped their handcrafted products to across the country.
For more information on The Day Morris Went to School, visit Tree House Enterprises at treehouseonline.net or email [email protected]
Polk County Public Libraries has two libraries, the Columbus Library and the Saluda Library, with books, movies, music, audiobooks, board games, STEM and craft kits , cake pans, Launchpad tablets, and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks available at checkout, as well as public computers and wireless Internet access. PCPL also offers regular virtual and in-person programs for all ages. To learn more, visit www.polklibrary.org.
Submitted by Jen Pace Dickenson