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In 2008, Amazement Square is going buggy for books!  This year is going to be The Year of Authors and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!  Every month, all of our programming will be inspired by the work of our Author of the Month.  Your museum will continue to offer its diverse, interdisciplinary programs each month with the added benefit of incorporating beloved classic literature and books by new, emerging authors as well. 

Be on the look out for new programs throughout the year such as our new Book Nook (a space dedicated to exploring literature through dramatic play, interactive activities, and intergenerational reading), the visiting author series, Toddler Tales, the Book Pass, and more! 

For more, goto The Year of Authors' Blog Spot!

The Lynchburg Public Library is an official partner of The Year of Authors.


An artist at heart, Chris Van Allsburg has created illustrations and tales to transport readers to far away places, such as the North Pole and outer space. With his monumental gift for depicting his worlds as realities, it is no surprise that Allsburg originally was a sculptor. After having his first exhibition, a friend inquired about the doodles he had drawn in the studio and encouraged him to illustrate children’s books. Allsburg took his friend’s advice and has produced multiple bestsellers, such as The Polar Express, Jumanji, and Zathura. Allsburg’s books have earned an eternal place in children’s imaginations, but several have been made into films delivering Allsburg’s vision onto the screen. Learn more about Chris Van Allsburg by visiting his website at www.chrisvanallsburg.com

If you enjoy Chris Van Allsburg, then you might also like to read…

Young Reader:
If You Listen by Charlotte Zolotow
Can You See What I See? Once Upon A Time by Walter Wick
Tuesday by David Wiesner

Early Chapter:
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe
Midnight Library by Damien Graves

Young Teens:
A City in Winter by Mark Helprin
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

High School:
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


About Amanda:
Amanda moved to Lynchburg in the fall of 2001 to attend Liberty University. After she graduated with a degree in Family and Child Development, she took a job as a Gallery Staff member.  Amanda first joined the Amazement Square family as a volunteer and over the past year has risen to Assistant Operations Manager

Favorite Book/Book Series as a Child:
The Baby-sitter’s Club Series by Ann M. Martin.  “I really enjoyed series books, because it let me stay involved in with the characters for a longer period time. That’s why I was a big Baby-sitter's Club fan. I had every book and even tried to start my own club.”

Favorite Book/Book Series Now:
Too many great books to choose from!  “I still really enjoy series, so Harry Potter and Twilight are among my top favorites. It would be very hard to choose a favorite book, but I do have a favorite author. My favorite author is Lori Wick, an author who writes Christian novels, set in the 1800's.  She also has some contemporary books that are also pretty enjoyable.”

Why is reading important?
”I think reading is important because it opens up new worlds to the reader, it helps develop a child’s imagination, and sparks curiosity in them for things they might not have ever thought about before. It can also teach you about other places or cultures that you didn't really know too much about before.”

Why do you enjoy Robert Munsch’s books?
”I like that most of his books are about real things that have happened to him or people that he knows, like Aaron’s Hair.

What program are you most looking forward to this month?
Mmm Cookies on November 12th at 4 pm.  “I’m most looking forward to this program because who doesn’t love cookies?”

 
This program is made possible thanks from the support from
the TARGET COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.


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