Kutz­town artist dis­plays toon art at Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary

Kevin McCloskey ex­hibits orig­i­nal art­work from his chil­dren’s books

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Kutz­town artist and au­thor Kevin McCloskey is dis­play­ing the orig­i­nal art from his Toon Books in the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary, in­clud­ing art from his lat­est chil­dren’s book “Snails Are Just My Speed!” com­ing out in May.

The ex­hibit went up dur­ing Na­tional Li­brary Week in early April. The toon art will be on dis­play un­til June 28.

On dis­play are the framed orig­i­nal art­work for his four re­cent chil­dren’s books: “We Dig Worms!,” “The Real Poop on Pi­geons!,” “Some­things Fishy!,” and “Snails Are Just My Speed!” They are pub­lished by Toon Books, New York, and are called the Gig­gle and Learn se­ries.

“I am very fond of the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary. My wife, Patt, was once the di­rec­tor here. More re­cently, she was an itin­er­ant sto­ry­teller for the Berks County Li­brary sys­tem. She read sto­ries at Kutz­town and other lo­cal li­braries. Patt asked me to write a funny, but true book about worms for her story hour, and that is how this se­ries be­gan,” said McCloskey. A pro­fes­sor at Kutz­town Univer­sity in the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion De­sign De­part­ment, he has ac­cess to Rohrbach Li­brary, but he still uses the pub­lic li­brary, too.

“Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary has a great col­lec­tion of chil­drens’ graphic nov­els. Even though my Toon Books are in­for­ma­tional, they are drawn in a comic book style and get shelved with the graphic nov­els,” he said.

Li­brar­ian As­sis­tant Joanne En­gle­hart re­quested that McCloskey dis­play his toon art at the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary.

“I am de­lighted that Joanne in­vited me to dis­play my art here. I’ve ex­hib­ited these works at Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary and the Amer­i­can Li­brary Con­ven­tions in San Fran­cisco and Chicago. Since the art­work is al­ready framed, it is an easy thing for me to hang a show,” said McCloskey. “I know I was in­spired to be­come an au­thor by vis­its to my pub­lic li­brary grow­ing up in El­iz­a­beth, N.J. Per­haps a child in Kutz­town will be in­spired by my sim­ple art­work to pur­sue a ca­reer in the arts.”

Patriot ed­i­tor Lisa Mitchell’s daugh­ter, Anna, 6, was ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to read an early re­lease of “Snails Are Just My Speed!” The il­lus­tra­tions make learn­ing facts about snails fun. The book in­cludes in­struc­tions on how to draw McCloskey’s snail, much to Anna’s joy who im­me­di­ately cre­ated her own snail.

McCloskey will be sign­ing copies of his new­est book, “Snails are Just My Speed!” at Fire­fly Book­store at Kutz­town’s Block Party on April 29 at 1 p.m., and again at Fire­fly on May 5 at 2 p.m. On both dates and through the end of May, he will do­nate his profit from the sales of new book at Fire­fly to the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary.

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Kutz­town artist Kevin McCloskey ex­hibits orig­i­nal art­work from his chil­dren’s books at Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary, in­clud­ing art from his lat­est chil­dren’s book “Snails Are Just My Speed!” com­ing out in May.

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