32nd Annual Children's Literature Festival
The 32nd Annual Children's Literature Festival was held March 19-21. Over 6300 children and 1200 adults attended, and more than 150 schools in 92 cities were represented along with many home schools. The festival was highlighted by the participation of 39 children's book authors and illustrators and a character portrayal of William Clark by Patrick Lee of Ashland, Missouri. The Illustrator Exhibit in the Central Art Gallery was by R. W. Alley, whose original artwork included Paddington Bear, and a representation of riddle books written by attending authors Kate McMullan and Lisa Eisenberg. The three teamed up to present two combined sessions for children and adults.
The keynote speaker was Roland Smith, author of Mark Twain Award nominees Jaguar and Sasquatch as well as other books that show his dedication to the environment and its conservation. Workshops presented were Claire Rudolf Murphy's, Native American Influence in Claire Rudolf Murphy's Stories from the North Country; and Carolyn Meyer's, HISTORY? WHO CARES? Historical Fiction in the Classroom from the Writer's Perspective.

The success of the festival was due to the work of the library staff and many others across campus. In addition, volunteers from both the campus and community assisted with all aspects of the festival.