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Library Happenings – Story*Book Fair set for May 7

By Angie Georgeff

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! And tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, the observance that commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over a larger and better equipped French force in 1861. The Battle of Puebla was fought on May 5, Cinco de Mayo in Spanish.  May is a month chock full of festivals and celebrations.

And Speaking of Festivals…

This Saturday, May 7 the Story*Book Fair will be in Erwin. Its purpose is to promote multi-generational literacy through storytelling and authors, and storyteller David Novak and author Saundra Kelley will be among the featured talent. The maze of giant storybooks will tower over young children. I imagine they’ll feel as if they could walk right into the fairy tale.  That would have fulfilled my fantasies when I was a little girl. I will have to ask my grandchildren whether they would rather stumble into a book or an e-reader!

Arts literacy is another facet of the Story*Book Fair’s mission, so the arts will be highlighted alongside wonderful stories. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Erwin Church of God pavilion, which is located at 799 Rock Creek Road.

Youngsters through the age of seventeen may pick up a coloring ticket at their local library or at the ticket table for free admission. Adults 18 or older may bring five non-perishable food items or five gently used unmarked books or pay $5.

Be sure to bring blankets or lawn chairs to make yourself comfortable, and stop by the library’s table while you are there. Prize-winning stories written and illustrated by kids who attend our programs will be on display. These children are really very talented and I know you’ll enjoy seeing their imagination at work!

Spotlight Books

John Sandford’s “Extreme Prey” is his latest Lucas Davenport thriller. Davenport no longer works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but he still has plenty to keep him busy. His friend the governor has his eye on the highest office in the land.

Since he is a presidential candidate, the Secret Service is responsible for his protection. The whispers and rumors he hears while campaigning in Iowa, however, have him concerned enough to ask Lucas to check them out.

Iris Johansen’s “Hide Away” takes Eve Duncan and those she loves best from a hospital room in Carmel, Calif., to a mountaintop in the Scottish highlands. They are seeking treasure, but much more importantly, to escape from their ruthless enemies, who are willing to go to the ends of the earth to get what they want.