Book Feast: A day of stories, art and music

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— On Saturday, children from across the area will have a chance to develop their storytelling skills, indulge in art or practice an instrument they’ve maybe never even seen before at the annual Book Feast.

Book Feast 2013

Author presentations at Library Hall

■ Claudia Mills, 9 a.m.

■ Kathleen Pelley, 10 a.m.

■ Steve Jenkins, 11 a.m.

■ Paul Taylor, 12:30 p.m.

■ Dagny McKinley, 1:30 p.m.

■ Jeannie Mobley, 2:30 p.m.

Free Events at Library/Lawn

■ Yoga for kids, 9 a.m.

■ Book trails, 10 a.m.-noon

■ READ to dogs, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

■ Face painting, 10 a.m.-noon

Kids' Workshops at Arts Depot

■ Steve Jenkins, paper collage art, 9 a.m.

■ Paul Taylor, made a didgeridoo, 10:30 a.m.

■ Claudia Mills, creative writing, 1:30 p.m.

It’s year two of Book Feast — the kids' version of Literary Soujourn — at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Six award-winning Colorado authors and illustrators will guide students ages 8 and older through workshops specializing in art, creative writing, storytelling and music. For the kindergarten-and-older crowd, the guests will hold presentations from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by book signings from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Youth Services Librarian Sarah Kostin said the day-long event is focused around a “do-what-you-love atmosphere,” and the guest presenters are among the best in their craft.

“I think it’s important to celebrate people who love what they do for a living,” Kostin said. “All of these people, they do what they love. That’s what I talked to the sixth-graders about last week. What do you love to do? Because whatever you love to do right now is what you’re going to love to do later.”

All six guest authors and illustrators will conduct hour-long presentations available to all ages throughout the day, while some will host kids and adult workshops in between.

In 2012, Book Feast's inaugural year, the event attracted around 500 people throughout the day, Kostin said. Some additions have been implemented this year, including a whole new line-up of presenters and workshops.

Adult workshops will be led by Colorado Book Award recipient Jeannie Mobley and Scotland native storyteller Kathleen Pelley. Children will get a chance to work with creative writer Claudia Mills and author and artist Steve Jenkins as well as Paul Taylor, a storytelling musician who will help kids build their very own didgeridoo. These kids' workshops will be held at the Arts Depot.

Steamboat author Dagny McKinley also will participate in the all-ages presentations.

Workshops have a limit of 30 kids per presenter to ensure a more hands-on experience and one-on-one interaction for the children.

Kostin said following Book Feast last year, guest authors’ books flew off the library shelves once the kids experienced the hands-on workshops and presentations.

“Those books fly out of here, and I feel like that is because of Book Feast,” Kostin said. “I love the idea of having new authors every year so that it will continue to expose kids to new books and authors.”

Teachers will also have a chance to earn teacher credit through the Colorado Department of Education by volunteering or attending the teacher or student workshops and writing a reflection paper on the day. It’s one of the newest wrinkles to Book Feast.

Kostin said children’s book authors and illustrators generate a lot of their incomes by participating in events like Book Feast. She hopes to one day be able to offer the program for free, but 2013 tickets are $7 for general admission and $10 for each special workshop.

“I really want kids to come,” Kostin said. “I don’t think they know yet what a great event it will be.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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