Sunday, October 7, 2018

Family Day at Smiley Library, Redlands, CA

Family Day is a free annual event open to the public held at the Smiley Public Library in Redlands, CA. It offers a selection of stations based on the books of a single author, and this year (10/6/18), that author was me.

It was quite a privilege. 

Seeing an entire community come out to enjoy various activities based on one's work is humbling.

Allow me to give you a tour:

Kids got a checklist to keep track of what activities
they did. 

 Every young attendee received a free book,
courtesy of generous sponsors.

 A new fairy garden to let.

 Brave Like My Brother is told in letters between brothers,
one in the UK during WWII, the other back home.
I loved this Family Day idea.

 This gentleman found and restored a vehicle used during 
the war and drove it to the event for people to experience.
Look closely. Can you spot the copy of Brave Like My Brother?


 Don't worry. They didn't serve fried fairies.

 A group of young people performed a 30-minute
play based in part on my work but more generally
on the concept of superheroes and heroes.
They were so polished and I got to chat with 
them afterward.

 I signed all those books. 
Lovely crowd.

Thank you again to my host Pamela Martinez, Marjorie Arnett, and the fleet of others, including many volunteers, who made my participation possible...and memorable.


Billy Hogan said...

What a fun event!

Unknown said...

Thank you for being our guest author this year Marc! You helped us to celebrate literature and art during our 15th Annual Family Day event! We enjoyed having you with us and everyone certainly enjoyed your presentation and all of the activities we planned around your books.
Thank you again,
~Pamela Martinez
Youth Services Librarian
A.K. Smiley Public Library
125 W. Vine St.
Redlands, CA 92373