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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Library Lions Read Across America

Library Lions Roars for Read Across America!

Special Spotlight on Mary Harris of Parkplace Books in Kirkland WA.

Mary Harris introducing me at my book launch party for The Dragons of Noor. Photo by Heidi Pettit.

Parkplace Books

Mary celebrated National Education Association's Read Across America again this year by putting together a fabulous RAA program in the Lake Washington School District.

~She contacted 21 School Librarians in the Lake Washington School District

~Gathered 15 excited authors

~And organized free author visits for each school

Mary and PPB co-owner, Rebecca Willow, also raced about delivering authors’ books to each school so the students could have thier books signed on the exciting day of the author's visit.

The RAA events spreading over two weeks celebrated our local authors, the school libraries, our independent bookstore PPB, and, of course, the importance of reading.

I was happy to participate and present my Words on the Wing assemblies at three schools meeting busy librarians and eager students and signing books for happy readers.

Mary's thoughts on the RAA events:
It has been so rewarding planning this event, the authors are terrific in their willingness to donate their time and the librarians are fabulous in their willingness to organize the visits. As a bookstore we are always looking for innovative ways to get books into the hands of kids. We do it to remind our public of how lucky we are as a community to have so many authors and illustrators in our area. Thank you, Janet, for all do for us here at PPB!

The feeling is mutual, Mary. We can’t thank you enough! We’re lucky to have PPB in our community.Let’s put our paws together for Mary Harris, Rebecca Willow, and the amazing Parkplace books!

First Lady, Michelle Obama led the RAA kickoff at the Library of Congress.

LL readers. How did you celebrate Read Across America?

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