Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, an event to celebrate children, community, and literacy was held June 17 at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.
The day offered music, crafts and make-a-book, book sales, and games, prizes and art exhibits. The festival brought together over 30 children’s book authors and illustrators for this second annual event. Visitors had the opportunity to meet some of their favorite authors, listen to readings, and purchase signed books at a discount, courtesy of Eventful Giving, a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and the numerous sponsors which include For All Seasons.
For All Seasons, Executive Director, Beth Anne Langrell met several authors throughout the day, receiving over 25 autographed books that will be available for the children to enjoy in the waiting rooms of For All Seasons.
Founding Chair, Marie U′Ren relates “the sponsors enabled the Festival to purchase more than 800 books that were autographed by the authors and then given away to the 354 children in attendance who signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading program or sold as a discount to Festival attendees.”
After the festival, copies of the 104 signed books not sold during the event were given to libraries or area nonprofits including For All Seasons, Talbot Mentors, the YMCA in Easton & St Michaels, Neighborhood Service Center, Critchlow Atkins Children’s Center, the Multicultural Center, Tilghman Island Youth Associations, St. Luke’s in St. Michaels, and Toys for Tots.