'Children’s Book Week' events set May 13 to 19

Authors and illustrators and prizes, oh my
By Lisa Hartzell | May 06, 2013

The Haywood County Public Library is planning two special events for this year’s Children’s Book Week May 13 to 19.

• Fun Family Reading Night will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Waynesville Library. The event will feature author, illustrator and performer Chris Rumble, who has inspired kids all across the U.S. Come prepared to laugh out loud and sing along with Chris as he encourages everyone to read. The evening will begin with an introductory presentation by local author Anna Browning and illustrator Josh Crawford, whose first book "Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks" has just been released. There will be refreshments and door prizes provided by the Friends of the Library.
• Meet local authors and illustrators at a mini authors fair at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Canton Library, Anna Browning and Josh Crawford will be on hand, as well as local illustrator Haley Wolfe, who illustrated "Herman the Cat Goes to Outerspace." Also attending will be Dawn Cusick, author of several nonfiction books for kids, including "Get the Scoop on Animal Poop," a finalist for the Children’s Choice Book Award for Book of the Year in the third- and fourth-grade category. Come hear these talented authors and illustrators talk about their books and share what makes them write and draw. Enjoy refreshments generously provided by the Friends of the Library and maybe win some prizes.

Children’s Book Week was established in 1919, making it the longest-running national initiative for literacy in the U.S. This annual celebration of books for young people was established to promote the joy of reading.  Librarians and library staff want to encourage every child to become a lifelong reader. To celebrate Children’s Book Week, stop by the library and see what is available for young readers all year long.
Every branch of Haywood County Public Library has a special children’s area, packed with books, music, books on CD and more for children of all ages. The Waynesville and Canton libraries offer a variety of storytimes for babies through Kindergarten-aged children every week, all year long. We encourage young children and their parents to come in for storytime, and listen to stories, sing songs, and make take-home crafts.
For more information on the events, contact Youth Services Librarian Lisa Hartzell at 648-2924 or 452-5169.

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