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Children's Book Author/Illustrator to Speak at Frostburg State University

Cheryl Harness, an author and illustrator of children's picture books, will share stories of historical people and places at Frostburg State University on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Atkinson Room, Lane Center 201.

A prolific writer and illustrator, Harness's love for American history is reflected in her topics, which include famous presidents, the Pilgrims, the White House, the Pony Express and the Civil War. By combining details from thorough research with an informal style accessible to young readers, Harness creates a living past for her readers. Her use of visual aids, such as extensive maps and timelines, is a distinctive feature of her books.

Born in California, Harness now lives in Independence, Mo., with two hound dogs, a Scottie, a cat and two parakeets. Although her bachelor's degree is in art education, she has worked as an amusement park portrait artist, a cook and a sculptor. She learned to love history from reading the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The FSU's Children's Literature Centre is the sponsor for this event. Harness's books will be available for purchase and autographing.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodation through the ADA Compliance Office, 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589