The next Family Reading Festival will be Nov. 1, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the campus of Allen Community College. Make plans now to be there!
Authors of book for youth
Lisa Harkader, The Adventures of Beanboy, Cool Beans, and Airball
Grant Overstake, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon
Brad Sneed (illustrator/author) Johnny Kaw; Washday
Debra McArthur, A Voice for Kanzas
Kevin Rabas, Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar (poetry)
Sally Goldenbaum, Murder in Merino, Angora Alibi, and other books in her “Seaside Knitters” mystery series
Thomas Fox Averill, A Carol Dickens Christmas
Melissa Jagears, A Bride in Store and other books in her Christian fiction “Unexpected Bride” series.
Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart, The Big Divide
Larry Welch, former KBI Director, Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI From Ma Barker to BTK
Nicole Muchmore, editor, Echoes From the Prairie
Andy Marso, Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me—Then Changed My Life for the Better
“Reading Kansas Literature: 60 Years and Going Strong”, Thomas Fox Averill.
Make N Take Room
Reading-related craft projects will include a Pete the Cat shoe notebook, a Llama Llama headband, Pete the Cat mask, Llama puppet, and a clothespin caterpillar magnet.
A new storytime every hour. Themes include “L” is for Letters, Books are Purr-fect, or Check Meowt, Cooking in Books, Heroes Read Books/Patriots in Books, and Thankful for Books.
6 x 6 Ready to Read Room
Take part in activities which help develop the six skills children need to develop by age six in order to be ready to read. Come away with enjoyable ideas for helping your preschooler acquire these skills.
If you’re over 12 years old, pick up a passport at registration. Participate in 5 of the 7 listed activities, complete the survey on the back, and turn it in to receive a small prize and be entered in a drawing for an e-reader.
Rare Book Road Show
Used book dealer Kristian Strom will be on hand to look over your treasures and give you an idea what they may be worth.
There will be appearances by Llama, Llama and Pete the Cat. The youngsters will want to meet them and have their picture taken with them!
Reading and education-related exhibitors will include the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, Topeka PBS station KTWU, Parents as Teachers, Friends of the Library, and more.
Book Signings/Book Sales
All authors will sign books before or after their session. Watermark Books will have copies of books by Festival authors which you can purchase.
Book Character Costume Contest
If you’re 12 years old or under, dress as a character from a book. We’ll take your picture and you can enter a contest for the best book character costume!
A big Thank You to our funders:
Helen Gates Whitehead Testamentary Trust
Friends of the Library
City of Iola Convention and Tourism Committee