‘And then…Glen’, New Bedford children’s book to be published

NEW BEDFORD — There’s a herring gull named Glen flying around the Whaling City, and he’s about to make his big debut in an upcoming children’s book.

“New Bedford has so much history, so much future, and just a ton to offer as an artist,” said Margo Connolly-Masson, author of “And Then…Glen.”

The children’s book is all about following around the feathered downtown resident hoping to catch him causing a nuisance in the city. Instead, he is embraced by the community and makes people laugh with his wit and charm.

“It’s just about exploring the places where he lives,” Connolly-Masson said. “We realize that he belongs here as much as everybody else does — how the city belongs to everyone that’s here.”

Margo Connolly-Masson pulls out some of the finished pages she has illustrated for a children's book she is authoring called "And Then... Glen!" featuring Glen the seagull.

Respecting seagulls in New Bedford is one of the many priorities of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. In July 2021, the park posted signs asking drivers to be mindful of baby seagulls in the street.

“People just fly by here!” said Jennifer Smith, the superintendent of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in a previous one Standard-Times article. “It just felt like there were so many baby seagulls around and we need to look out for them.”

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