Library holding children’s book fair

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September 30 – WILLIMANTIC – In an effort to promote children’s literacy, the Willimantic Public Library is hosting the first Eastern Connecticut Children’s Book Fair on Saturday.

The event, which will feature local authors and illustrators, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Park.

This is an effort to revive the children’s book fair that the former UConn Co-op has hosted for years.

“By partnering with local schools, universities, authors and an independent bookseller in eastern Connecticut, the Willimantic Public Library and the Friends (of the Willimantic Public Library) are employing the talent and resources of our community to create a regional literacy event, ”Friends of said Willimantic Public Library President Nancy Pettitt at the Windham City Council meeting on September 7.

Windham Public Schools, Eastern Connecticut State University, Dodd Human Rights Impact of the University of Connecticut, and the Windham School Readiness Council partnered with the Library and Friends of the Willimantic Public Library to host the event.

The aim is to make the fair an annual event.

The library will offer 40 children’s books written by the authors presented at the event.

“We will be offering other books as well, but we really wanted to introduce the authors who will be in attendance,” said Angela Fournier, Liaison Officer for School Readiness in Windham.

She said one of the goals of the event was to involve local writers.

“It’s really nice to read a book or find a book and know the person who wrote it is on the street or in the town next door,” Fournier said.

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The event, which will feature local authors and illustrators, will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Park in Willimantic.

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Staff at the River Bend Bookstore in Glastonbury will be selling books from featured authors and others during the event from their book truck.

The following authors will read and discuss their books during the fair:

– UConn Professor Emeritus Marilyn Nelson, who is a former Connecticut Poet Laureate and three-time National Book Award finalist.

Nelson has written books for young adults on important historical figures and race issues.

—Windham resident Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator.

She has received five New York Times awards for “Best Illustrated” books, three ALA Notable Book Citations, two Golden Kite Honor awards, one Horn Book / Boston Globe Honor award.

Staff at the River Bend Bookstore in Glastonbury will be selling books from featured authors and others during the event from their book truck.

– Andrea Wisnewski, resident of Storrs, illustrator and author of children’s books who studied at Portland School of Art and UConn.

She won the “Best in Show” award at the New England Book Show in Boston for her illustrations in “Little Red Riding Hood”.

Wisnewski also illustrated “The Ink Garden of Brother Theopane” by CM Millan, which won the Connecticut Children’s Book Award in 2011.

—Windham resident Delia Berlin writes bilingual books for children ages 3 to 9.

She grew up in Argentina and Brazil, but spent her adult life in eastern Connecticut.

– Guilford resident Jason Marchi wrote a picture book for mid-level readers, “The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant,” which was a regional Barnes & Noble bestseller.

The book talks about the Quinnipiac tribal legend of the creation of the “Sleepy Giant” land formation in Hamden.

He won 14 awards for his second children’s book, “The Growing Sweater”.

Marchi founded a nonprofit organization in 1998 called the New Century Writer Awards, which operated for six years in partnership with Zoetrope: All Story magazine by Francis Ford Coppolla.

—Connecticut resident Sam Taylor will read an excerpt from her first teenage novel, “We Are the Fire,” at the fair.

Dodd Human Rights Impact program staff will have current and past award-winning and honored books for the Malika Penn Award for Human Rights, an annual award that recognizes authors who address human rights issues or themes in their work.

The recipient of the 2021 award is Kim Johnson, who wrote “This is My America,” a book about the unequal treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system.

Those wishing to make a donation to the Book Fair can do so by clicking on the “donate” link on the main page of the library’s website, www. willimantibrary. org. All donations of $ 50 or more will be considered as sponsorships. For more information on the book fair, call the library’s youth department at 860-465-3082.

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