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From May 12 through May 21, Foundation 65’s Family Author program brought beloved children’s author Candace Fleming to seven District 65 elementary schools: Bessie Rhodes, King Arts, Kingsley, Lincoln, Lincolnwood, Orrington and Walker. The Family Author program brings a children’s author to a set of District 65 schools each year and includes a combination of school, family and community based activities. This full array of creative literacy programming combined direct author interaction, reading, writing, and artwork all together in the classroom setting.

On May 21, the Evanston Public Library hosted Ms. Fleming at an author event for children, adults and families. “The Evanston Public Library is delighted to host Chicagoan Candace Fleming, the author of “Oh! No!” (2012), “Imogene’s Last Stand” (2009), “Clever Jack Takes the Cake” (2010), “Boxes for Katje” (2003), and many other wonderful children’s books.” said Karen Danczak Lyons, Library Director.

“The Family Author program gives children, parents and families the opportunity to engage with working authors and discover how reading can open doors to ideas, inspiration and growth. Through the schools and the public library we’re pleased to bring working authors in for up-close engagement with the community,” said Lise Jinno, executive director of Foundation 65.

Ms. Fleming is the author of more than 20 books for children, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, “The Lincolns”; the bestselling picture book, “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!” and the beloved “Boxes for Katje.”