October 24, 2001

Author Helen Lester Headlines �National Children�s Book Week�

at the Public Library - November 12-18


Reading can take children to the most amazing places. �Get Carried Away�READ,�

this year�s theme for National Children�s Book Week, held November 12-18, is a fun

and exciting time of discovery for children. It�s a way to spread the word about children�s literature while encouraging the joys of reading. In observance of this time-honored tradition, begun over 80 years ago by The Children�s Book Council, the Main Library and various branches have planned a multitude of book-related activities to promote the enormous range of children�s literature available at the Library.


Best-selling author Helen Lester will headline this special reading celebration as she talks about her latest release, Score One for the Sloths. After 10 years of teaching elementary school, during which Lester took temporary absence to spend time with her two young sons, she became interested in writing. As she regularly read bedtime stories to her children, she saw a need for more books to amuse them.


In collaboration with illustrator Lynn Munsinger, many more funny and popular books for children followed. Some of which will also be featured during these programs, including her previous stories starring Tacky the Penguin. During her three-day tour from November 13-15, Lester will visit the Main Library and eight branch libraries, where her books will be available for purchase through the Friends of the Public Library.


See www.CincinnatiLibrary.org for more details about Lester�s book signing events and other programs to take place during this week of fun-filled activities specifically designed to reflect the nourishment that kids get from a healthy and balanced diet of reading. Some of the new programs this year are featured below.


New Programs for Children�s Book Week!


Juggler�s Ink Juggling Troupe

embraces many forms of juggling while performing with everything from clubs and rings to balls and unicycles, even chickens. Books featuring how to juggle, magic tricks, and the history of juggling will also be featured.

        Greenhills Branch Library, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.

7 Endicott St., 369-4441

        Sharonville Branch Library, November 14 at 1:30 p.m.

10980 Thornview Dr., 369-6049

        Loveland Branch Library, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

649 Loveland-Madeira Rd., 369-4476

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Adzooks Puppets

is a puppet performance troupe led by Artistic Director David Wright that will highlight the folklore character, Anansi the Spider, in a unique live theatre experience that mixes educational enrichment with entertainment.

        West End Branch Library, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.

805 Ezzard Charles Dr., 369-6026

        Price Hill Branch Library, November 14 at 3:30 p.m.

3215 Warsaw Ave., 369-4490


Wild Times: Tales of Suburban Safaris

with Tim Harrison, an author and public safety officer who has been called to remove bears from apartments, lions from city streets, pythons from workshops, even alligators from local rivers, who will bring Gaboon the Viper, a Burmese python named Chico, and an American alligator named Gary. All of which are from his Wild Times book of local rescue experiences (on sale following the program through the Friends of the Public Library).

        Hyde Park Branch Library, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

2747 Erie Ave., 369-4456

        Anderson Branch Library, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.

7450 State Rd., 369-6030


Theatre IV Cincinnati

is Ohio�s largest professional theatre for young audiences. Two live performances featuring the ever-popular stories kids love will be performed by the theatre troupe.

Johnny Appleseed, the Gentle Hero will lead young audiences on a trek into the American frontier as Johnny plants an abundance of trees in an effort to live a peaceful, simple and giving life. To be performed at:

        Groesbeck Branch Library, November 13 at 1:00 p.m.

2994 W. Galbraith Rd., 369-4456

        Avondale Branch Library, November 13 at 6:30 p.m.

3506 Reading Rd., 369-4440

        Harrison Branch Library, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.

10398 New Haven Rd., 369-4442


Beatrix Potter�s The Tailor of Gloucester is a Christmas story where all the animals are granted the gift of speech to help the tailor perform a miracle by Christmas morning. To be performed at:

        Main Library, November 17 at 2:00 p.m.

800 Vine St., 369-6922


√Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is available on the Internet site: www.CincinnatiLibrary.org.� Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.