The Fourth Annual “Frostburg Reads a Mountain of Books” will be held this year on Tuesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. This two-day event will feature writer Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrator John Manders.
This event has been designed to encourage children of all ages to read throughout the year. Students are challenged to read 5,800 books, which parallels the height in feet of climbing up one side and down the opposite of Mt. Savage.
Authors and illustrators will speak to the children at the Frostburg Palace Theatre, Main Street, Frostburg, beginning at 4 p.m. Children can pick up their free admission ticket at 2:45 p.m. each day at the Palace. Starting at 3 p.m., the children will participate in a read-aloud at the Frostburg Library or the Gunter Hotel. Following the read-aloud, children can take part in an art activity at Frostburg’s City Place. Top readers will be recognized and presented with an autographed copy of a book from one of the featured guests.
Writer Laura Krauss will speak on Tuesday, July 12. Melmed, who grew up in New York City, read books and wrote stories, plays and poems. She was drawn to all fairy tales. “I was always staggering home with giant armloads of books, and I must have read every fairytale book there was”, she says. “The red one, the blue one, the green one all of them.”
Melmed has written gentle lullabies, original fairy tales and non-fiction and stories. Her first book, “The Rainbabies,” with illustrations by Jim LaMarche, was published in 1992. Since then, she has gone on to write many other favorites, including “I Love You as Much!;” “Little Oh!;” “New York;” “A Hug Goes Around;” and “Capital!,” about Washington, D.C.
John Manders will speak on Thursday, July 14. This talented illustrator has created artwork for more than a dozen award-winning books for children. Manders began his career as a graphic designer and then switched to illustration several years ago. Since then he has illustrated more than two dozen children’s books, including the traditional song “Senor Don Gato.” Among his newest books are “Prancing, Dancing Lily,” written by Marsha Diane Arnold; “Minnie’s Diner” by Dayle Ann Dodd; and “Humphrey, Albert and the Flying Machine” by Kathryn Lasky. He is about to launch a new book, “Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies.”
Manders’ artistic technique in his children’s book illustrations blends old and new. He uses an “old masters” technique, first preparing an underpainting of one color as a way of delineating the light and dark areas of his illustration. He then layers on colorful, opaque watercolors to create his final artwork.
This event is sponsored in part by the Allegany County Libraries, The Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre, Friends of the Frostburg Library, Frostburg Palace Theatre, INC, Frostburg State University Summer School and Main Street Books. For more information call (301) 687-4420 or (301) 687-0790. Or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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