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Glen and Zarifah Spain depend on the Eugene Public Library to supplement the courses they teach their two 6-year-old children,Nathan and Jemila, at home.
It\'s not only the books the couple values, but also the educational programs the library sponsors.
This past week, the family joined more than 100 children and their parents for the fourth annual Great Redwall Faire, an event sponsored by the library that examines the medieval period.The gathering, at First UnitedvMethodist Church, was part of
a weeklong celebration of medieval history that spins off of
a series of children\'s books by Brian Jacques.
\"What\'s exciting about the books is they attract boys - in
fifth, sixth, seventh grade,\" said Maura Scanlon, coordinator of medieval week. \"But people continue to read them through middle school and high school.\"
Glen Spain said his children hadn\'t read the books, but the
fair provided an opportunity to learn more about the food,
clothing, music, writing and weaponry of medieval times.