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Life-size book character touts River City Reading Festival

A famous children's book character was at the Lawrence Public Library to greet and surprise his fans today.

September 24, 2008

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Curious George greets children on their way to storytime Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library at 707 Vt. The famous children's book character was on hand at the library to promote this Saturday's River City Reading Festival.

Curious George greets children on their way to storytime Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library at 707 Vt. The famous children's book character was on hand at the library to promote this Saturday's River City Reading Festival.

Children entering the Lawrence Public Library on Tuesday morning were greeted by a life-size version of one of their favorite children's book characters: Curious George.

The mischievous monkey was there to remind library visitors about the River City Reading Festival, which will be at the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Nearly 1,000 attended last year's inaugural event at the Lawrence Arts Center, said Maria Butler, the library's community relations coordinator. She hopes 3,000 will attend this Saturday.

The festival features workshops, readings, a book sale, music and food. Authors from across the country are expected to attend and share their work.

"Most authors have a local connection or their work has a local connection," Butler said.

Kansas University graduate Scott Heim, author of "We Disappear," and Topeka native Matthew Polly, author of "American Shaolin," will conduct sessions.

Lawrence resident Jane Kurtz is also scheduled to speak about her books and childhood spent in Ethiopia.

Tents will be set up on the library's lawn for different genres. Events will take place inside the library as well, including storytelling in the children's room.

Curious George and other children's book characters such as Madeline and the Poky Little Puppy will be there to entertain.

The River City Reading Festival's sponsors include Altrusa International Inc., the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas University Libraries, Lawrence Arts Center and the Lawrence Public School District.

The festival is free. For more information about the River City Reading Festival, visit rivercityreadingfestival.org.

- Chardae Davis, intern from Northwestern University, can be reached at 832-6342.

Comments

Julie Craig 5 years, 12 months ago

Don't underestimate the creapiness of life-sized children's book characters.

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Ragingbear 5 years, 12 months ago

Life size is exactly that. The portrayal of Curious George as a 6ft 5' monkey is "Bigger than life". Not to be nit-picky, but the grammar, spelling and what have you in America is deteriorating that not even journalist are following the rules of the American-English language.

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orbiter 5 years, 12 months ago

"Not to be nit-picky, but the grammar, spelling and what have you in America is deteriorating that not even journalist are following the rules of the American-English language."You seem to have made a few mistakes in your rush to pillory "grammar," "spelling," "what have you", "journalist" (sic) and the writer . Might wanna step it up there, professor.

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hilary 5 years, 12 months ago

Ragingbear wrote:"Yeah kids, pray to the flag. That way the bullies will know who to single out, and parents will know who to keep their kids away from."um, Ragingbear...you ended that sentence with a preposition.

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Ragingbear 5 years, 12 months ago

I didn't say my grammar skills are that great. I just said that Journalist should have a higher standard.I am also quite freaked out by giant monkeys.

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