The much-anticipated 2017 Book Bash Children’s Literacy Event will hit the road and land at the Cochrane Public Library for one magical day Oct. 21.
Librarian Andrea Johnston announced the library will host the 2017 Book Bash – and some special guests will be attending, including children’s performer Fred Penner and authors Carrie Stanton, Joan Galat, Rukhsana Khan and Calum Lykan.
“We knew we could handle an event of this scale because of Medieval Days,” Johnston said, referencing the library’s annual event that features demonstrations from knights, crafts, story events and more.
The library couldn’t wait to share the exciting news with the community and thought the year-end party would be the perfect time.
“It was tough (to keep it a secret) because we were so excited to share it with the public,” Johnston said. “We wanted to yell it from the roof tops.”
Book Bash is a free children’s literature festival organized by the Toronto Public Library to promote the importance of children’s literature to Canadian families.
Every second year, libraries from around Canada can apply to be the host of the event. Staff from the Cochrane Public Library sent in the application last year and were thrilled to be chosen.
“I hope they are really excited,” Johnston said about the children and families who will attend. “They will have the opportunity to meet award-winning authors.”
This will be one magical day filled with fun and learning. Just a few things happening at the event are a magic show, author meet and greet, photo booth, bouncy castle and free books.
“The day is to celebrate literacy – get the magic of reading back into them,” Johnston said.