EVENT: BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES RIF'S THE ART OF READING WITH ACCLAIMED CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS

September 28, 2005

EVENT:BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES RIF’S THE ART OF READING WITH ACCLAIMED CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS

Join local children’s book illustrators at BPL for a lively discussion on the Importance of Art, Stories and the Imagination to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).


Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a panel discussion on the power of children’s literature to impact people’s lives. This panel will be composed of two remarkably talented illustrators: Bryan Collier, illustrator of Uptown, A Freedom River and Visiting Langston, and Paul Zelinsky, who received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel. Critically acclaimed children’s book writer Leonard Marcus will serve as moderator. All three of these well-loved children’s book luminaries contributed to The Art of Reading, a book that celebrates the 40th anniversary of RIF, the nation’s oldest and largest children’s literacy organization.

BACKGROUND: Available at every BPL neighborhood library, the RIF program delivers free books to children who need them most. To commemorate its 40th anniversary, RIF asked 40 contemporary children's book illustrators to write about a children's book that served as an inspiration and then to re-imagine it in an illustration. The Art of Reading, a collection of these artists’ reflections, will be available for purchase during the event. All book proceeds go directly to support RIF’s literacy programs.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, October 16, 2005, 4 - 5:30 PM

LOCATION: Central Library
2nd Floor Meeting Room
Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

For more information, please visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org or call 718.622.4465 x173.

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