Sat. Feb. 25

The Little Engine That Could

Full steam ahead for Lego and Brio Train fun with Dan Daly. Stop in and play all day. Trains

Comic Book Confidential with Franky Frances Cannon

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Do you love comics? Do you have a standing appointment at Daydreams on Wednesdays? Ever wanted to know what it takes to be a creator of comic books or comic strips? Now’s your chance! In this hands-on workshop with writer and artist Franky Frances Cannon. Share your ideas, get feedback, then learn the fascinating process of transforming an idea into a comic.
10:00 a.m. - noon
This workshop is for kids in grades 5-8. Drawing materials will be provided. Free, but space is limited. Click to register.

Darrin Crow: Talespinner & Troubadour

Darrin Crow Darrin Crow is a storyteller from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Storytelling has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, whether it was listening to his aunts, uncles and grandparents talking about farming and coal mining in Iowa or immersing himself in Jules Verne and Tolkien up in his tree house. As a high school student he began volunteering at a living history museum. Here he found that he could use his love of telling stories to put people in touch with their heritage in a way they had not experienced before. In college he studied interpretive speech, and after college he worked as an actor and itinerant storyteller in Pennsylvania and Florida. In 1999 he returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been telling stories ever since. Over the last decade he has honed his craft by telling stories across the area in settings from church basements to major outdoor festivals. 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Keynote: Gene Luen Yang

  natl-glYang (1)The City of Literature is proud to welcome the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang as our festival keynote speaker. Yang is a graphic novelist and cartoonist whose work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people. Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens.
Gene Luen Yang began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books.  It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.
In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, Yang’s two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion.  Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman!
In addition cartooning, Gene teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
11-11:30 a.m.

Gene Luen Yang

Book Character Meet and Greet

Clifford meet and greet Meet and take pictures with Pete the Cat, Olivia, Ladybug Girl, and Clifford! 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

Young Author Autograph Session

2013-01-12 02.15.39 - compGrab autographs from featured student authors and mingle with published children’s book authors. 12-12:30 p.m.

Jr. High Writing Jam!

All 7th and 8th graders who like to write are invited to register. Come together with other writers to compare ideas and be inspired to write something new.  Authors Stephen Lovely and M. Molly Backes along with instructors from the Iowa Youth Writing Project will moderate this awesome event.  Free pizza, open mic, and door prizes including a Kindle. Click to register. 12:00-2:00 p.m. Writing Jam image header

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman

by Michelle Edwards 

A+Hat+for+MrsMrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia, who thinks knitting is too hard, helps by making the pom-poms. But now winter is here, and Mrs. Goldman herself doesn’t have a hat—she’s too busy making hats for everyone else! It’s up to Sophia to buckle down and knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman. But try as Sophia might, the hat turns out lumpy, the stitches aren’t even, and there are holes where there shouldn’t be holes. Sophia is devastated until she gets an idea that will make Mrs. Goldman’s hat the most wonderful of all. Readers both young and old will relate to Sophia’s frustrations, as well as her delight in making something special for someone she loves. 12-12:30 p.m.

Darrin Crow: Talespinner & Troubadour

Darrin CrowDarrin Crow is a storyteller from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Storytelling has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, whether it was listening to his aunts, uncles and grandparents talking about farming and coal mining in Iowa or immersing himself in Jules Verne and Tolkien up in his tree house. As a high school student he began volunteering at a living history museum. Here he found that he could use his love of telling stories to put people in touch with their heritage in a way they had not experienced before. In college he studied interpretive speech, and after college he worked as an actor and itinerant storyteller in Pennsylvania and Florida. In 1999 he returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been telling stories ever since. Over the last decade he has honed his craft by telling stories across the area in settings from church basements to major outdoor festivals. 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Illustration Workshop with Gene Luen Yang

Kids in grades 3-6 are invited to an interactive illustration workshop with cartoonist and teacher Gene Luen Yang! 12:30-1:30 p.m. Drawing materials will be provided. Free, but space is limited. Sorry, this workshop is full. Gene Luen Yang Gene began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books. It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, Gene's two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Absolute Science

science show picAbsolute Science is a brand new, educational and fun hands on program catering to all ages. Watch and take part in awesome experiments while learning the science behind them.
Experience hair raising fun with a Van de Graaff Generator! How does light change our perception of what is right in front of our eyes? What happens when a liquid is put under pressure? Dry Ice Exploration, Fantastic Foam, and so much more! 1-1:30 p.m.

Creative Conversations with Animal Puppets / Conversaciones creativas con marionetas de animales

puppetsNiños tendrán la oportunidad de conversar con un grupo de escritores y sus marionetas de animales, los cuales relatarán anécdotas y aventuras divertidas. Las marionetas hablan Inglés y Español. Son muy inteligentes!
Talk and engage one to one with a group of writers and their animal puppets. This animals will tell fun adventures and anecdotes. The puppets can talk in English and Spanish. They are very clever! 1:30-2 p.m.  

Read to the Bump

Womb-Literacy Logo CANCELLED The North Liberty Community Library’s Womb Literacy initiative encourages expecting families to develop daily reading habits before baby is born so it’s easier to continue them after baby’s arrival. Expecting families are encouraged to sign up for Read to the Bump, a new program to help parents develop good reading habits before their child is born. 2:00-3:00 p.m. Read to the Bump enables expecting parents to be more confident as their child’s first teacher and educates them on early literacy skills and how children learn those skills. Statistics indicate children are more successful in school, work and life if they are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Reading to your child helps with their language development and increased word recognition. Additional benefits include developing a bond between parent and child, encouraging a love of reading and starting a child’s life-long learning journey, all while the child is still in the womb. Free, but space is limited. CANCELLED    

Book Character Meet and Greet

Clifford meet and greetMeet and take pictures with Pete the Cat, Olivia, Ladybug Girl, and Clifford! 2-2:30 p.m.

Never Say Never with Sofia the Dragon

by Jamie Lee 

Sofia the DragonSofia is a happy little dragon who loves to play with her sister and friends.  Learning to fly, however, is a challenge.  Just when she would give up, Sofia gets a little help from Mother Dragon.  After all, you never say never to reaching your goals! All ages. 2:30-2:45 p.m.

Cordelia by Michele Nelson-Schmidt

CordeliaCordelia can fly - over the ocean and up with the birds, until one day, she hears the whispers: people can't fly; it's impossible. Suddenly Cordelia can't fly anymore... or can she? Will Cordelia find the power inside herself? Come find out with Suzanne Barloon and Usborne Books & More! 2:45-3 p.m.