Festival Has Record Breaking Attendance

The 34th Annual Children's Literature Festival was held on the Central campus March 10-12 under the direction of Naomi Williamson, Assistant Professor of Library Services. The festival is sponsored by Library Services, and many library faculty and staff provide assistance in all aspects of the festival.

Forty-three children's book authors and illustrators from all over the country spent the three days of the festival meeting with over 6,500 children and 1,250 adults in both scheduled sessions and informal one-on-one conversations.

Children's book illustrator Brad Sneed, Prairie Village, Kansas, had an exhibit of original artwork from several of his books. Author Jane Kurtz, Grand Forks, North Dakota, spoke to approximately 180 adults and children at the Sunday luncheon about her experiences while growing up in Ethiopia and how she drew from those experiences for her writing.

There were participants from 117 cities and 164 schools in attendance during the festival. Visitors, students, and teachers came from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, Illinois, and Iowa.

Over 200 volunteers from the campus, the community, and alumni spent time serving as hosts and hostesses for the author sessions. Dr. Dawna Lisa Buchanan from the Curriculum and Instruction Department organized and supervised the volunteers.

Books by participating authors were for sale during the three days of the festival in the University Union. Cheryl Riley, Associate Professor, Library Services, assumed the responsibility of the books sales, assisted by many library staff, faculty, and student employees.

Our thanks go to everyone who helped make this event a record-breaking success!