Book festival planned in Rosenberg Nov. 4

October 18, 2017

Fort Bend County Libraries announces its first “Fort Bend County Libraries Book Festival” on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 am to 2 p.m. at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

The event celebrates books, authors, and the importance of literature to the imaginations of children and adults alike.

Featuring a line-up of authors, storytellers, performances, and workshops, the festival will have literary events, free activities, and fun for the whole family throughout the building and in the outdoor amphitheater behind the library. Food trucks will be on site selling a variety of food options.

The day’s event will kick-off with a children’s theater performance of “Chicken Big” at 10 a.m. in the Jodie E. Stavinoha Amphitheater.

At 11:30 a.m., master puppeteer Jean Kuecher and her handcrafted marionettes will entertain children of all ages with a performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” on a stage set up in the Meeting Room.

The FBCL Book Festival will also feature literary readings, book signings, and a publishing workshop. Headlining authors include local children’s author Pat Miller and up-and-coming novelist Judithe Little from Houston. Miller and Little’s books will be available for sale and signing.

In her presentation, “Ready to Publish Your Story?,” which will take place at 11 a.m. in Room 2C, Houston Writers Guild CEO Fern Brady will share insight into the publishing industry.

In her performance, “So I Heard This Story...,” beginning at noon in Room 2C, storyteller Sheila Starks Phillips will mesmerize audiences young and old by weaving tales of wit and wisdom.

Showcasing some of the many craft activities that take place at the libraries throughout the year, a “Recycled Books Exhibit” will be set up in the library’s lobby, and demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Examples of upcycled and repurposed book-craft projects will be on display.

Traditional book readers who have thought about transitioning to electronic versions of books they read may want to test the waters at the eReader Petting Zoo, which will take place in the Computer Lab from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Listen to audiobooks or try out different eReaders, such as Kindles or Nooks, before making the commitment to purchase one. Library staff will be available to demonstrate the different devices and answer any questions.

The Friends of the George Memorial Library will have a book sale at the front entrance of the library, and membership applications will be available for people who would like to join them in supporting the library. The group is instrumental in providing financial support to the library for materials and educational opportunities not covered by the county budget.

Visitors to the book festival will also be treated to the “Capture Fort Bend” photography exhibit in the library’s Bohachevsky Gallery, featuring works by local amateur photographers portraying the culture, nature, people, and places of Fort Bend County – from hidden gems to favorite places and scenes.

The Fort Bend County Book Festival is made possible by the Friends of the George Memorial Library. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.