Colonie library display has plenty of charm

Library patrons lingering in the lobby do glance over the collection, said Curtis, but whether it has brought them luck he couldn't say. He assumes as much.

When asked about his charms, Curtis said he is particularly drawn to a Milagros cross that has dozens of small pewter charms fastened to it.

Milagros are part of an ancient custom in Hispanic folk culture.

The small trinkets are in the shapes of various foods and human appendages. They are affixed to the cross in the hope of bringing luck and blessings. Affix an arm to relieve arm pain, a kernel of corn to bring food to a family, and so on. It's personalized to the person's wants and needs. Much like any lucky charm, the item must suit the individual's needs, said Curtis.

He chooses jewelry. Besides, it is a great icebreaker, he said.

Curtis's display has caught the attention of five other area libraries. Each has expressed an interest in putting up his collection of worldly lucky charms.


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