Friday, April 13, 2007

Love Letters To Our Favorite Books

A lot of my time recently has been spent as organizer of a community event in conjunction with the Newburyport Literary Festival. The project was the brain child of Festival director Vicki Hendrickson and I have been in charge of putting it together. The walls of the The Firehouse Center for the Arts in downtown Newburyport are covered with over 900 letters to favorite books, authors,or characters. Almost all the letters are from the children of Newburyport. School librarians Judy Avery, Karen McCarty, Karen Twomey, and Ellen Menesale coordinated the projects at the Brown, Kelly, Bresnahan, and Nock Schools. Children at the Newburyport Montessori School and Ann McCrea’s KidsArt classes also contributed letters. The installation was accomplished by Karen Dardinski, director of the Firehouse Art Gallery, and Susan with assistance from Kendra Gaylord and Ada Horne.

It's well worth a look if you are in Newburyport. And I would encourage anyone in the area to attend the Festival on April 27 and 28. There is a fantastic line-up of authors in all genres and it's all free.

Love Letters To Our Favorite Books
Firehouse Center for the Arts
One Market Square
Newburyport, MA
April 12-29
Reception: April 29, 2-4 pm

a Newburyport Literary Festival event

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Almost all the letters are from the children of Newburyport"

Hi Susan, I was one of the two adults that sent in a letter. Not realizing this was for children, I sent in a "love letter" to my favorite author Keith Ablow. Eeek, a little embarrassing when I found out this was really for children....ha! But I am glad I sent it all the same.

All the best to you!


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