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March 26, 2019

2/20/2019 1:58:00 PM
Top Children's Authors to Appear at EPL

During the month of March, three award-winning children’s authors will entertain and enlighten children at the Evanston Public Library: Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site,” and “Celebrate You!”; Natasha Tarpley, author of “I Love My Hair”; and Cleopatra Alexander, author of the “Shiny the Sea Star” series.

Ms. Rinker will present her latest children’s book “Celebrate You!” from 3 to 4 p.m. on March 10. Four of her picture books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, with “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” being featured for at least four years.

“Celebrate You!” recognizes and celebrates all the small but important milestones a child experiences on the way to growing up, from the first wobbly baby steps to the time when they’re ready to leave the nest. Children of all ages are welcome, although the book is best suited to those aged 3 to 6 (and their caregivers).

A storytime and craft are scheduled with Chicago author Ms. Tarpley, author of “I Love My Hair!” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 27. The author will read from her classic children’s book, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and share some of her personal experiences about her hair as she grew up. The reading will be followed by a hands-on craft. This event should appeal especially to young black girls, possibly from kindergarten to third grade.

Evanston author Ms. Alexander will read from her “Shiny the Sea Star” picture-book series at 1 p.m. on March 30. Suggested for children ages 3 to 7, these books feature Shiny the Surfing Sea Star, who travels to the rivers of the world in search of new friends and adventures. The author will pay tribute to Muriel Schwartz, the longtime Evanston North Branch children’s librarian, by introducing Ms. Muriel, the Dolphin Librarian, who inspires Shiny to continue his adventures. A third-generation Evanstonian, Ms. Alexander served on the School Board of Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and is an Evanston Township High School Distinguished Alumni Award Winner. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

All three events will take place at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Admission is free, and registration is not required.





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