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Local authors to help celebrate National Children's Book Week

(File photo) Children’s books on racks as library workers load the Iowa City Public Library’s BookMobile with books and DVDs on Monday, April 24, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
(File photo) Children’s books on racks as library workers load the Iowa City Public Library’s BookMobile with books and DVDs on Monday, April 24, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of children’s books and reading, Monday through May 6 with a series of special readings.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The program is administered by Every Child A Reader and the Children’s Book Council is the anchor sponsor.

The library readings are as follows:

Intergenerational Storytime, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Emerson Point Assisted Living, 1355 Shannon Dr. Children of all ages are invited to join Emerson Point residents for fun stories and songs. Following story time, a May basket craft and snacks will be available for all.

Author Visit Storytime with Michelle Edwards, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the library’s Storytime Room. A local author Edwards is known for writing books for children that celebrate community, compassion and Jewish culture. Her titles include “A Hat for Mrs. Goldman,” “Max Makes a Cake” and “Papa’s Latkes.” She will read aloud from some of her books during preschool story time.

Evening with Author Linda Skeers, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Storytime Room. Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they’re rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. Iowa author Linda Skeers is out to change that with her new book “Women Who Dared,” featuring 52 brief biographers of pioneering women you probably haven’t heard of who risked their lives for adventure and altered the course of history. Come meet the author and hear her bring these stories to life.

Author Visit Storytime with Claudia McGehee, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the Storytime Room. Local award-winning author and illustrator Claudia McGehee will read aloud some of her children’s books during preschool story time. McGehee’s books include “A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet,” “My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure,” and “Where Do Birds Live?”

For more information, call the library at (319) 356-5200.

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