May 3, 2007 - The Knox County Public Library
is very pleased to host the 3rd Annual Children's Festival of Reading
on June 2 in World's Fair Park. The Festival includes a rambunctious
gathering of giant street puppets, storytellers, magicians, musicians,
and lots of children's writers. The event is free and open to the
public, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
keeping with this year's theme of the Summer Library Club - Rompin'
Stompin' Reading Roundup-the Festival is a western hoedown complete
with four performance stages: The Rompin' Stompin' Stage opened by
Dollywood's stage show, "The Gruffalo"; the Hootenanny for fun-filled,
sing-along music; Campfire Chats for storytelling; and the Writer's
Roundup for intimate conversations with writers. The fun continues
with an arts and crafts tent, a children's play area with massive
inflatable slides, and a dip or two in the popular interactive fountain
not to mention a hay ride around the perimeter of the Park.
This year's featured author is renowned children's writer/illustrator
Tomie dePaola. He has written more than 200 books including Strega Nona and
has been honored with numerous awards including the prestigious Caldecott
and Newbery Honor Awards. Six of Tomie's books are featured in the
Imagination Library collection. Tomie's appearance at the Festival is made
possible through a partnership with Dollywood Foundation and UT's Center for
Children's and Young Adult Literature.
The Animal Band will headline the Rompin' Stompin' Stage with their lively
music, wacky costumes and unique stage props. No doubt this Nashville
sensation will have the audience up and dancing to their colorful and
educational tunes. The Animal Band won the NAMMY Award for Best Children's
Music Recording of the Year for their 1999 album, Animal Rock, as well as
Media and Entertainment's Excellence Award presented by members of Congress
for their efforts in educating children through positive message music.
New this year! - Kids of all ages are invited to join in a
Giant Puppet Parade starring Pecos Bill, Davy Crockett, Annie Oakley
and others. These whimsical nine-foot characters were made by area
kids in workshops all spring long.
More than 45 community groups and food vendors are coming out to support the
wonderful world of reading with special crafts, storytelling and games.
Join a Reading Program! - Knox County Public Library is hosting
the Festival to encourage people of all ages to join a reading club
this summer. There's a program for everyone! For children (both listeners
and readers), prize packs include $200 worth of rewards from area
attractions and merchants. This year's Teen Reads program features
a tailored reward book with prizes such as a ride on the Three Rivers
Rambler and entrance to Tennessee Valley Fair. The Adult Reading Challenge
encourages older folks to take time to slow down and pick up a good
novel. When adults read, they model good reading habits for the children
in their lives and learn something for themselves along the way.
The Children's Festival of Reading is made possible through the generous
support of Books-A-Million, ORNL Credit Union, Downtown Knoxville, Friends
of the Library, Target, Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR, Comcast, B97.5, the
City of Knoxville, and East Tennessee Foundation.
For a complete program, list of authors and performers and more information,
please go to www.knoxcounty.org/library
or call 215-8767.