The Lady Who Read Us a Story
By Beverley Hartman, Assistant Director
The lady who read us a story,” as one child called her, is Mrs. Helen Bing, a longtime friend of the Bing Nursery School community. Bing’s children had an opportunity to meet Helen Bing as she kindly read a story to an overflowing crowd of families on September 28, 2000. A pleasant evening that started with music by harpist David Palovich and refreshments culminated with the reading.
Mrs. Bing’s husband, Dr. Peter Bing, and his mother Anna Bing Arnold, gave the gift matching a National Science Foundation grant that allowed the laboratory school to be built. Over the years, Helen and Peter Bing have continued to be important supporters of the school, and Mrs. Bing has enhanced this wonderful learning environment with specially chosen children’s books that have made our library collection a treasure. Her deep interest in art is reflected in the beautifully illustrated books, as is her ear for the language and song that so enrich young children.
The story Mrs. Bing read in September is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, an artist known for her drawings for calendars and greeting cards. The cover of the Bing Nursery School Cookbook features an illustration from Mouse Mess. Mrs. Bing gave the book to Bing and had offered to bring Linnea Riley to the school to share the book’s delightful pictures and verse. When Ms. Riley could not arrange to come, she suggested that Mrs. Bing read the story. Now the children of Bing Nursery School have come to know this special friend.