Bookamania 2014: Brings Books to Life at Harold Washington Library Center

Bookamania 2014: Brings Books to Life at Harold Washington Library Center

Celebrate books at the 20th annual Bookamania festival of books coming to the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.) on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you have kids or grandchildren between ages 3 and 10ish...or if you are a kid who loves to read (you must be if you're reading this)...Bookamania is an event you'll want to put on your calendar.

Clifford, Corduroy, Curious George, Maisy and Wild Thing (from Maurice Sendak’s "Where the Wild Things Are") are among the storybook characters who will be on-hand to mix, mingle and take photos with their fans.

Another exciting happening at Bookamania is the opportunity to meet the real life authors and illustrators of children's favorite reads. On tap for Bookamania 2014 are:

  • Bonnie Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton, author and Illustrator of "A Library Book for Bear" (and other books in the Bear and Mouse Series)
  • Dan Santat, author and Illustrator of "The Adventures of Beekle"
  • Ashley Bryan, author of "Ashley Bryan’s Puppets"

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Chris Fascione

Nationally known story-performer Chris Fascione will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the entertainment segment of the day which will feature stories and performances from:  WTTW’s Readers are Leaders with Miss Lori and The Mad Hatters of the Junior League of Chicago.

The theater segment will feature a musical performance of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Lifeline Theatre.

Reading nooks will be available throughout the building for curling up with a good book. There will also be play spaces—designed to encourage learning and the development of motor skills and to work off any pent-up energy.

Not sure what to read? The festival has put together a list of popular children's book titles that can be purchased at the fair from Sandmeyer’s Bookstore who will be selling books in the South Hall.

To ensure every child goes home with something to read Bernie’s Book Bank, a Chicago-area book distributor dedicated to providing books to children in need, will be on hand to provide each child up to 6th grade with a bag of books to take home.

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