Who: Award-winning children’s author, illustrator and literacy advocate, Rosemary Wells
What: Book talk and signing
Where: Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Olympic Room
When: Monday, October 15, 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Described as “a master of the delicate art of story” by School Library Journal, author and artist Rosemary Wells has been praised for creating delightful picture and board books, and well-received adaptations of classic tales in illustrated-book form. Her career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko the sushi-eating cat.
The author will be featured in a free book talk and signing at 7 pm on Mon., Oct. 15 at Tacoma’s downtown main library. “This event is for Rosemary Wells’ grown-up fans,” explained David Domkoski, the library’s Community Relations Manager. “It is for all the teachers, educators, parents, librarians and everyone else who’s grown up and taught with and from her books for years. It is not a story time for children.”
At tomorrow night’s special event, the prolific author will talk about the importance of reading aloud to very young children, how her work can be incorporated into the classroom curriculum and the importance of teaching children’s literature. In addition to her work as an author and illustrator, Wells is a strong advocate of literacy programs. She has often spoken on behalf of the “Twenty Minutes a Day” campaign, which proposes that parents should spend twenty minutes each day reading to their children. She read her 1998 picture book Read to Your Bunny at the White House at the opening of the nationwide Prescription for Reading Partnership program.
Doors open at 6 pm tomorrow night; please note that seating is limited and on a space-available basis. The book talk and signing is presented in cooperation with Seattle’s Secret Garden Book Shop. Additional information is available at the library’s web site – www.tacomapubliclibrary.org or by telephoning the library at 253. 292.2001.