Bring your baby for 4th annual festival

Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009, 9:47 am

Worthington Libraries' 4th annual Read to Your Baby Festival will celebrate reading and the important role it can play in the lives of young children and families.

The free event, featuring award-winning children's author and illustrator Bob Barner, is scheduled Sunday, Nov. 8 from 1-5 pm at Old Worthington Library.

Bob first became interested in children's books while studying at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Since then, he has written and illustrated over 30 books like Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere, Fish Wish and Dinosaur Bones, and won several awards along the way, including the Parent's Choice and Teacher's Choice awards.

During Bob's energetic presentation, scheduled at 2 pm, he'll read his books, draw along to music and discuss his creative process. A book signing will follow.

The festival will also include visits from Toot & Puddle, Froggy and Clifford the Big Red Dog, information tables staffed by children- and family-oriented community organizations, baby storytimes in the library's children's area and booklists for babies and parents.

Raise-a-Reader packets, which include a board book, parent resource book, library card application and growth chart, will be distributed.

Studies have shown that reading to young babies has a positive impact on their development and strengthens the bond between parents and children.

The festival is co-sponsored by Target.

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