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Shreveport Memorial Library Children's Festival this Saturday, May 4th

May 02, 2019


UPDATE: Due to inclement weather forecasts for Saturday, May 4, the Second Annual Shreve Memorial Library Children's Book Festival will be held indoors in the LSU-Shreveport University Center ballroom.  The festival will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

SHREVEPORT, LA – As Shreve Memorial Library celebrates Children’s Book Week April 29 through May 5, the library is preparing for the Second Annual Shreve Memorial Library Children’s Book Festival taking place this Saturday, May 4, on the beautiful campus of LSU Shreveport.  The literary event will wrap up Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, by featuring famed children’s authors, local authors and illustrators of children’s books, fun games and activities for kids, and delicious food. 

“We are excited to bring this event to the people of Caddo Parish and northwest Louisiana,” stated John Tuggle, Shreve Memorial Library Executive Director. “Part of our strategic plan is to help create and maintain young readers, and what better way to encourage a joy of reading than by bringing children’s authors here to Shreveport and letting the stories come to life.” 

The Shreve Memorial Library Children’s Book Festival will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission to the festival is free.  Festival-goers will be able to meet children’s authors up close and in person at festival tents, have their books autographed, and see each author bring their stories to life on stage at the following times

10:30 a.m.           Brenda Maier, author of picture books The Little Red Fort, El Fuertecito Rojo, and Peeping Beauty 

11:30 a.m.           Bethany Hegedus, award-winning author of Grandfather Gandhi and Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

12:30 p.m.           Don Tate, award-winning illustrator and author of Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth

1:30 p.m.            Anica Mrose Rissi, author of the Anna Banana chapter book series and picture books Watch Out for Wolf! and The Teacher's Pet

2:30 p.m.            Nick Bruel, author and illustrator of New York Times bestselling series Bad Kitty

In addition, the Children’s Book Festival will also highlight the works of local authors and illustrators. Local authors appearing at the festival this year include Jasper Price, Rita Rabalais, Cleve Stevens, Rickey Pittman, Kay Lottinger, Corinda Watson, Diana Cash Lemon, Margie A. Kirkling, Gretchen Petterway, and LaTonya Jackson. Attendees will be able to meet each author as well as purchase copies of the authors’ books to have autographed.

Community organizations such as Shreveport Downtown Lions Club, Girl Scouts of Louisiana, Pathways in Education, ArkLaTex Therapy Dogs Paws to Read, Macaroni Kid Shreveport/Bossier, Common Ground, Greenwood Acres Full Gospel Baptist Church, and Shreve Memorial Library Friends will participate in an interactive area of the festival known as Literacy Lane. Literacy Lane is a special area of the Children’s Book Festival where community partners come together to promote a love of reading and lifelong learning in a fun, interactive way. Children will be able to play games to improve literacy skills while learning about the valuable services offered by these organizations.

Children will also be able to meet and have their pictures taken with characters from classic children’s stories such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, Pete the Cat, Winnie the Pooh, the Berenstein Bears, and the Little Pokey Puppy throughout the day. Jugglers and hula hoopers from Spinner Entertainment and an inflatable obstacle course will also keep children entertained between author performances. Food trucks will also be onsite with a variety of foods for purchase.

The Shreve Memorial Library Children’s Book Festival will take place on the green space of LSU-Shreveport in front of the Administrative Building near the Youree Drive entrance.  

The Shreve Memorial Library Children’s Book Festival is sponsored by Shreve Memorial Library and LSU-Shreveport.

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About Shreve Memorial Library

Shreve Memorial Library is a public entity designed to serve all individuals who live, work, own property, or attend school in Caddo Parish. Maintained by a parish-wide property tax millage, the 21-branch system supports the informational, educational and recreational needs of its constituents.  For more information, visit, like on Facebook, and follow @shrevememorial on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.



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