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Mt. Airy Kids' Literary Festival

Friday, April 9, through Sunday, April 11, 2010

All Weekend

The Craft Table! Big Blue Marble Bookstore will have our special craft table open all weekend, stocked with brightly colored paper, collage materials, and all kinds of other supplies to create your own books!
[In our Community Room, All Ages. Adult Supervision Required.]

Special Door Prizes! Winners will be randomly selected throughout the entire weekend to win free books, promotional goodies, and more. Stop by with your family and get a chance to go home with all kinds of special treats.

Friday, April 9

4:00pm - Afterschool Spring Plantings with Mark Goodman!
Kids get to help spruce up the Big Blue Marble Bookstore's porch with help from Mark Goodman, owner of Earthcraft Landscaping, based in Mt. Airy.

7:00pm - Reading and Pizza Party with Amy Ignatow, author/illustrator of The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang. Listen to this wonderful debut from local writer/cartoonist Amy Ignatow, watch a drawing demonstration, and enjoy some pizza provided by Fino's. Sponsored by Fino's Pizza in Mt. Airy!
[Middle Grade Event]

Saturday, April 10

10:00am - Reading with Nancy Viau, author of Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head. Everyone who buys a book gets a free starter rock collection with craft supplies just like Samantha Hansen's!
[Ages 7-12]

11:00am - Reading with Melissa Conroy, author of Poppy's Pants. Check out local writer and artist Melissa Conroy's debut picture book and get a sneak peek at the illustrating process of her upcoming picture book in process.
[Picture Book Event]

12:00pm - Reading with Lisa Cushenberry, author of No Tears for the Teary. Enjoy some snacks while listening to this fantasy about a spoiled girl who learns a lesson through sorcery.
[Middle Grade Event]

1:00pm - Reading with Matt Phelan, creator of the graphic novel The Storm in the Barn. Join Philadelphia born-and-raised Matt Phelan as he discusses his newest book which won the 2010 Scott O'Dell Award.
[Middle Grade Event]

2:00pm - Reading with Gary Bernard, illustrator of Pemba Sherpa. "Today, women are among the most famous Sherpas in the world. Yang Ki taught us that girls, even little girls, could be brave and strong, with a heart big enough to be Sherpa." - Pemba Sherpa by Olga Cossi, illustrated by Gary Bernard.
[Picture Book Event]

3:00pm - Lango language workshop with Carol Anthony.
Join Big Blue Marble for a free introductory workshop to Lango. Lango's innovative Adventure Learning method teaches languages and cultures through interactive stories, theatre games, music, and theme-based structured play activities.
[Ages 1-10]

4:00pm - Reading with Jennifer Hubbard, author of The Secret Year. Join Philadelphia writer Jennifer Hubbard for a reading from her first book. About The Secret Year: "Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They've never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia's boyfriend. When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her."
[Young Adult Event]

Sunday, April 11

10:30am - Reading with Vida Moore, author of Under Billy Penn's Hat. A cute picture book about Philadelphia with the wonderful Vida Moore.
[Picture Book Event]

11:00am - Reading with Kathleen Van Cleve, author of Drizzle.
[Middle Grade Event]

12:00pm - Reading with Deborah Kogan Ray, author/illustrator of Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw and the upcoming Dinosaur Mountain: Digging into the Jurassic Age.
[Middle Grade Picture Book Event]

1:00pm - All Around the World music with Jay Sand.

2:00pm - Group Reading with Zetta Elliott, author of A Wish after Midnight, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, author of Gringolandia, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of 8th Grade Super Zero, and Neesha Meminger, author of Shine, Coconut Moon.
These four authors will read from their novels and discuss the role teens play in creating change within their communities. These 21st-century teens find solutions to serious issues like homelessness and terrorism by reaching out to others and looking within for the courage it takes to stand up for what's right.
[Young Adult Event]

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