Chil­dren’s book fes­ti­val seek­ing spon­sors

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EAS­TON — The third an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Chil­dren’s Book Fes­ti­val, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat­ur­day, June 16, at the Water­fowl Build­ing in Eas­ton, is look­ing for lo­cal spon­sors for this year’s event.

CCBF is seek­ing funds to pur­chase about 900 books writ­ten by the au­thors who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing at the fes­ti­val. These books will be signed by the au­thors and dis­trib­uted to chil­dren in the com­mu­nity through the Tal­bot County Free Li­brary’s Sum­mer Read­ing pro­gram.

This year’s fes­ti­val, pro­duced in part­ner­ship with the Tal­bot County Free Li­brary, will fea­ture more than 30 chil­dren’s book au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors, who will give read­ings, an­swer ques­tions and au­to­graph their books.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude mu­sic, food and bev­er­ages, ex­hibits and crafts.

The par­tic­i­pat­ing au­thors in­clude sev­eral award win­ners, and their books cover a va­ri­ety of sub­jects for chil­dren of all ages up to pre-teen.

Books will be avail­able for pur­chase at a dis­count. The pro­ceeds from these sales will be used to pay for books to be dis­trib­uted to lo­cal pro­grams ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing chil­dren’s lit­er­acy.

The fes­ti­val is be­ing held in con­junc­tion with the an­nual June­teenth Cel­e­bra­tion at the Academy Art Mu­seum. June­teenth is the old­est known com­mem­o­ra­tion of the end of slav­ery in the coun­try, and this year is the bi­cen­ten­nial of the birth of Fred­er­ick Dou­glass in Tal­bot County.

“Ch­e­sa­peake Chil­dren’s Book Fes­ti­val looks for­ward to shar­ing the joy of read­ing and the ex­cite­ment of meet­ing au­thors with our youngest cit­i­zens,” said Ti­mothy Young, CCBF founder. “Both the Tal­bot County Free Li­brary and Ch­e­sa­peake Chil­dren’s Book Fes­ti­val are com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing read­ing pro­fi­ciency through the gift of a book to as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble. Lit­er­acy is a hu­man right and the foun­da­tion of all learn­ing.”

All funds col­lected for the Ch­e­sa­peake Chil­dren’s Book Fes­ti­val will be pro­cessed through the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. Make checks payable to Ch­e­sa­peake Chil­dren’s Book Fes­ti­val and mail to The Ch­e­sa­peake Chil­dren’s Book Fes­ti­val at P.O. Box 43, Eas­ton, MD 21601.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Su­san Ke­hoe at 703-627-5244 or Young at 410-829-3494.

These vol­un­teers at the Ch­e­sa­peake Chil­dren’s Book Fes­ti­val helped sign up chil­dren for Tal­bot County Free Li­brary’s Sum­mer Read­ing pro­gram.

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