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Headline: Blue-footed booby the focus of Children's Book Week celebration


Release date: 2012-10-05


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HARRISBURG, Pa.— Dwayne Magee and Adam Arditi, local author and illustrator of A Blue-Footed Booby Named Solly McBoo, will make three library appearances as the highlight of The Library’s seventh annual Joan Y. Leopold Children’s Book Week Celebration. Magee and Arditi will appear at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 10 at the William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library. On Sunday, November 11 this creative team will appear at the East Shore Area Library at 2:00 pm. Registration for all three programs begins on November 1.

During these programs children will discover the joy of reading and will get to know the author and illustrator as well as the blue-footed booby named Solly McBoo. The programs, for children ages 3 to 7, will provide an early learning experience that includes music, movement, art, stories and more—with activity ideas to share at home so children can continue the learning experience after the program has ended. Space is limited at these programs and registration is required. Visit dcls.org or call your local DCLS library to register starting on November 1. While supplies last, each family that registers and attends will receive a copy of the book, A blue-Footed Booby Named Solly McBoo. Magee and Arditi will sign books following all three appearances.

Solly McBoo is a funny little bird who is ashamed of his bright blue feet until he realizes that being different is what makes us all the same. This uplifting story is set amongst the colorful and diverse bird population of the Galapagos Islands. Throughout the week of November 5 to 11 The Library will have special displays and activity stations where children and families can do activities related to the book. In addition Storytimes will feature related themes.

Author, Dwayne Magee is the Director of Print and Mail Services and a part-time student at Messiah College. Magee resides in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Sue, their two children Garrison and Grayson, and their two dogs Gracie and Sollie. He enjoys exploring environmental and social concerns through creative writing and the arts.

Adam Arditi is a full-time student in the process of completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Messiah College. Adam resides in Collegeville, Pennsylvania with his wonderful family, including their dog Joe. Arditi enjoys painting and drawing, writing music, backpacking, and working in the garden.

Magee and Arditi are currently working together on a second children’s book titled Bridges End Where Things Begin.

This Children’s Book Week Celebration is made possible by the Joan Y. Leopold Endowment Fund. Joan Y. Leopold, a life-long resident of Dauphin County, served as a board member of the Dauphin County Library System for more than 20 years. A tireless advocate for both child and adult literacy, her belief that reading opens a world of education and imagination lives on in her family, students and all those she touched through her efforts.

Registration is required and begins November 1 for these free programs sponsored by The Library. To register and for more information visit dcls.org or call Jeff Swope at 566-0949 extension 218.

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