Library wins live simulcast with author Mo Willems

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - The Four Fathers Memorial Library has been the envy of other provincial libraries after it was named one of 200 libraries and elementary schools to win a live simulcast with author Mo Willems.

The deputy chief librarian of Cumberland Regional Library, Denise Corey, entered the contest in the spring.
"It was very exciting. Everyone came into my office because I kept yelling, 'I won,'" said Corey, adding they have had some libraries from Halifax show interest as well.
Youth services librarian Chantelle Taylor said it's a huge opportunity for the library to host the simulcast today, and said she's been in elementary schools to promote it.
"Mo Willems is well-known for Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Tale and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,"she said, adding Knuffle Bunny is one of her favourite books by Willems.
"And if you're reading to a group of kids, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is a good book to read because it's really interactive," she said.
For roughly an hour beginning at 3 p.m., the public can get a glimpse into Willems' studio where he draws and writes his stories.
They may also get a sneak peek at his yet-to-be-released book, Pigs Make Me Sneeze.
"It doesn't matter if you're an adult or a child, his books are hilarious," said Corey.
With a dozen books available to borrowers, Corey and Taylor were excited to see eight additional books they had ordered had recently arrived, including Corey's favourite, I'm Invited To A Party.
"Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Tale was groundbreaking because Willems used cartoons over real life pictures," said Taylor.
"It was harder than Willems thought it would be."
The simulcast is open to anyone interested. No registration is required.
rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Library, Halifax

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Irene
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Chantelle Taylor didn't appear in elementary schools in River Hebert, or do we not count??? We pay taxes as well.