The nation's first book award program of its kind turns 60 this year. The authors of the 2012 award winning books, Wendy Mass and Diana Lopez, will be in Emporia to help celebrate at two events.
Friday, October 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. the authors will sign books at Red Rocks, the home of William Allen White, 927 Exchange in Emporia. Town Crier will be selling books at the sites, refreshments will be served, and docents will be on hand to give tours. For information, consult the site's website.
This event is free but donations are appreciated.
Saturday, October 6 is the date for the awards celebration held in the newly remodeled Emporia State University student union. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. with booksigning and a variety of other free activities for kids. The union bookstore will be open all day for the purchase of the award winning books and other White Awards related items. A 10:45 a.m. parade around campus will end back at the union where the awards ceremony will be held at Webb Hall. Tickets will be sold at the door, but reserved-seat tickets are available now. Full information here.
Please help spread the word about these events. Hope to see lots of Kansas librarians there!
Beverley Olson Buller
White Book Awards selection committee chair
and White biographer