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Bookstock Jr. 2013 Offers Fun for the Library’s Youngest Booklovers

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

Bookstock 2013 is more than a festival and book signing for local authors and adults. Bookstock Jr. – the youthful piece of Bookstock – was designed with the Library’s youngest readers in mind!

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), kids and their parents will enjoy meet and greets with local children’s authors, along with special presentations, face painting, live music, balloon hats for kids, a crash course in journal making, and the popular Read with Me – Sign with Me Storytime for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing children.

Library Youth Services Coordinator and event organizer Mary Seratt noted, “Children are readers too, or at least we hope that they will become readers. So, we want them to get interested in books and reading.”

To spur kids’ love for literacy, Bookstock Jr. will offer a rare chance for kids to meet authors who wrote the books and to create their own storylines as well. “We’ll have a ‘Once Upon a Time’ mural on the wall, where festivalgoers can write or draw part of a story that will grow throughout the day until ‘they all lived happily ever after’ at the end of the day,” Seratt exclaimed.

Other exciting events are also on the day’s agenda. “Artist Yancy Villa-Calvos will help children to recreate illustrations from Stephanie Painter’s book Liz Tames a Dragon in chalk on the ground in the courtyard of the Children’s Department. We’re planning activities that will engage children and their families,” Seratt concluded.

Parents can take home the fun of Bookstock Jr. by purchasing authors’ books, which each writer will have on hand.

Bookstock Jr. was funded by the Friends of the Library, a volunteer and philanthropic organization that supports Library collections, resources, programs, events, and services. Volunteers from White Station High School’s Helping Hands Club and the Junior League of Memphis helped to make the event possible.

For more information on Bookstock Jr., call (901) 415-2739.