Plant the Seed to Read Children’s Book Festival: Reading Rocks! Event is Saturday, April 14

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YOUNGSTOWN (March 13, 2018) — Celebrate reading at the 12th “Plant the Seed to Read” Children’s Book Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks. This year’s event – “Reading Rocks!” – promises to be fun with authors and illustrators, storytellers and readers, giveaways and more

Children can see PBS character, Buddy the Dinosaur! Parents and caregivers can take photos of their children with Buddy the Dinosaur the day of the event.

Events include:

Author/illustrator Will Hillenbrand

Storyteller Michael Perry

Storyteller/author Nancy K. Wallace

Storyteller/actor Tim Hartman

Program by OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology

Music by Rockin’ & Reading! with Leonardo

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County’s Pop-Up Library will be at this year’s event. The Library’s Booker Bear will also be there.

The “Plant the Seed to Read” Book Festival was started with an idea by Altrusa International of Youngstown, Ohio, Inc. The event was built on a partnership with the local Altrusa, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Mill Creek MetroParks and Western Reserve PBS. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. Sign Language Interpreting available. Stroller parking available, however, due to limited space, strollers are not permitted in the Davis Center during the event.

The Book Festival Committee appreciates the generous sponsors for this event: The Schwebel Family Foundation; Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens; Altrusa International Foundation; Altrusa International of Youngstown, Ohio, Inc.; Poland Rotary; the Vindicator; and OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology. Additionally, this project was funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Will Hillenbrand

From the author’s website About Me section:

“I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where my family owned a barbershop. During the summer I would walk to the shop and deliver my Dad’s hot lunch. Then I would take a break and listen to the conversations. Many customers told ‘big fish’ stories laced with humor and exaggeration. I enjoyed drawing those stories at the kitchen table when I returned home.

“Later I went to art school, and after taking a class in picture book art, I decided to try illustrating children’s literature.

“After more than 50 books, I still feel lucky to do what I love.

“I live with my wife, Jane, and son, Ian, in Terrace Park, Ohio.”

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