Tags: StoryFest / Youth

Wednesday: Mar 18

JMRL Same Page Presents: Jacqueline Woodson

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page community-wide reading series invites residents to discuss Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award winning memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming. Woodson will read from her work and take community questions before signing books, which will be available for purchase onsite. For more about Same Page, visit jmrl.org/samepage.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Headliners, JMRL/Same Page, StoryFest / Youth

Friday: Mar 20

Reaching Young Readers: Smell My Book!

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Acclaimed children’s author Cece Bell (Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!) and editor of the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul (How to Raise a Reader), take a look at what makes a great book for young readers and how to welcome children to a lifelong love of reading. Easy access to books, rituals around reading, and giggles, of course, help. Book sales and signing will follow.

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Tags: Headliners, Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

A Conversation with Vashti Harrison

Fri. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Vashti Harrison (Little Legends) discusses her work as an acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books, her formative experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, and her hopes and plans for the future of her creative career.

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Tags: African American, Arts, Headliners, History, Social Justice, StoryFest / Youth

Saturday: Mar 21

VPM PBS Presents: Let’s Go, Luna!

Sat. March 21, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bring the kids and enjoy a 25-minute screening of Let’s Go Luna! plus special appearances from Luna herself! Photo opportunities with Luna will take place between 9:00-9:30 AM and 10:00-10:30 AM. Every family in attendance will receive a free book and fun VPM giveaways! Registration begins February 17 at vpm.org/events.

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Find Yourself: Identity and Mental Health in YA Lit

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Laura Lee Gulledge (The Dark Matter of Mona Starr), Maria Padian (How to Build a Heart), and Morgan Parker (Who Put This Song On?) discuss their young adult novels and graphic novel tackling questions of identity and mental health, for readers of all ages.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Comics / Graphic Novels, Family / Aging, Fiction, Health / Mind / Body, StoryFest / Youth

Storytime Marathon

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - Children's Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

A selection of beloved children’s authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities for children ages 3-6. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged at this informal program.

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Graphic Novels for All Ages

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Laura Lee Gulledge (The Dark Matter of Mona Starr), Debbie Levy (Becoming RBG), and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes) discuss their multi-genre graphic novels for young readers and adults, and how they approach telling personal and fantastical stories.

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, Comics / Graphic Novels, LGBTQ, Science Fiction / Fantasy, StoryFest / Youth

Love and Other Tough Topics in YA Lit

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lamar Giles (Not So Pure and Simple), NoNieqa Ramos (The Truth Is), and Brynne Rebele-Henry (Orpheus Girl) discuss their young adult novels for all ages, which tackle difficult topics, from sexuality and race to religion and family.

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Tags: African American, Family / Aging, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Humor, Latinx, LGBTQ, StoryFest / Youth

Sunday: Mar 22

The Life and Music of Flory Jagoda

Sun. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Congregation Beth Israel

301 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Author Debbie Levy (The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music) and musician Susan Gaeta celebrate the life and music of beloved Sephardic musician Flory Jagoda. Levy will read from and discuss her children’s picture book about Jagoda, and Gaeta will perform selected pieces written by the singer-songwriter.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Folklife, Music, StoryFest / Youth