AU to host fourth annual children’s literature festival

Tue, 2012-08-28 00:00 -- univcomm
August 28, 2012

Anderson University will host the fourth annual Elizabeth York Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Nicholson Library. The all-day event (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is free and open to the public.

This year’s festival will bring to the Anderson University campus a number of individuals, including award-winning children's author and Illustrator Claire Ewart, award-winning children's author and Illustrator Keiko Kasza, and Lori Dekydtspotter, IU Lilly Library Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian.

A panel discussion on the book, illustrations and opera called Elisabeth and the Water Troll will feature author Walter Wangerin, illustrator Deborah Healy and composer Randy Courts.

“To complement the completion of the York Performance Hall and Galleries, we’ve included something a little different for this year’s Festival," said Dr. Janet Brewer, director of the Nicholson Library. Our final session of the day will feature a panel discussion centered on the children’s book, Elisabeth and the Water Troll. Author, Walter Wangerin, illustrator, Deborah Healy, and composer, Randy Courts, will discuss Elisabeth from the perspective of the author, the illustrator, and the composer of a children’s book adapted for opera.”

An optional lunch is available for a cost of $9 per person. Festival t-shirts may be purchased for $12 ($14 for 2XL or $16 for 3XL).

“We have a bit of an Indiana theme happening this year…four of our speakers live here in Indiana -- Ewart – Ft. Wayne; Kasza and Dekydtspotter – Bloomington; and Wangerin – Valparaiso," added Brewer.

The York Children’s Literature Festival is named for Dr. Elizabeth York. Elizabeth, with her husband, Dr. James M. York, initially donated to Anderson University a collection of about 6,000 rare children’s books, many of which are first editions and include such authors as A.A. Milne, Beatrix Potter, and Maurice Sendak. They continue purchasing materials for the collection. The Yorks also funded construction of the Elizabeth York and James York Reading Room and Special Collections, which was dedicated in October 2009 and funded a second storage facility in 2011.

For more information or to register, visit the festival page on the Nicholson Library website, call Janet Moore at (765) 641-4270, or send e-mail to jmmoore@anderson.edu. RSVP for lunch by Sept. 19.

Schedule of events:

  • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration in the Nicholson Library; Books and festival items on sale.
  • 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome, Announcements & Introductions
  • 8:45 - 9: 45 a.m. Claire Ewart, Award-winning Children's Author/Illustrator*
  • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Lori Dekydtspotter, IU Lilly Library Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian*
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch; Book & T-shirt Sales; Reading Room Open
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Keiko Kasza, Award-winning Children's Author/Illustator *
  • 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Panel: Walter Wangerin, Deborah Healy, and Randy Courts, author, illustrator, and composer *
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Book Signings; Book & T-shirt Sales; Reading Room Open

* These workshops qualify for Professional Growth Points (PGP) and LEU for Librarians (1 each).

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.