The coming month brings with it many notable birthdays, among them Dr. Seuss (Friday) and Fred Rogers (March 20).
While you certainly won't be discouraged from having an interest in Read Across America or Won't You Be My Neighbor? Day, it is a celebration of a different sort that children's librarian Amy Weir has planned for 6:30 p.m. on March 8th at the Frank Sarris Public Library.
Months ago, she realized that the 50th anniversary of the release of Madeline L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" was approaching, and it wasn't long before the planning began.
She said, "This is about more than just my favorite book. It's a celebration of just how much a book can mean to a person."
If you're a reader, it's likely you have a favorite book, maybe even several of them. For this celebration, you're encouraged to think back to the favorite book(s) of your childhood because, as Weir puts it, "Nobody loves a book they read as an adult half so much as they love their favorite book in, say, fourth grade."
For this children's librarian, that book was the landmark classic "A Wrinkle in Time" and her love for the book is so great that she's sharing it with the community.
At the party on March 8th, she'll be offering themed snacks and games and an enthusiasm for childhood books with the power to change lives.
When asked about the target audience for this party, she said, "I'd say we're looking at upper-elementary, intermediate, (or) middle school—but that's only if you're focusing on the book's reading level."
She said she would also love to see book lovers of all ages join the party.
Weir adds that those attending are invited to come in costume—as she will be— and suggests coming as a character from your favorite book.
It is asked that you call 724-745-1308 to register for this event in advance to ensure adequate supplies and edibles.