Joan Y. Leopold Children's Book Week Celebration

November 13 – November 19, 2017

Join The Library in celebrating Joan Y. Leopold Children’s Book Week! 

Nana in the cityMeet Caldecott Honor winning author and illustrator Lauren Castillo. A Harrisburg local, Lauren will share her passion for writing and illustrating books for children. Each family in attendance will receive a free copy of her Caldecott Honor winning book, Nana in the City, which she will be available to sign.

In addition, all week long, look for displays and activity stations in The Library, and enjoy themed stories during our regularly scheduled storytimes.

Lauren Castillo will present five events over four days. Join The Library at these Children’s Book Week events:




NEW! for 2017--an informal meet & greet: 

Meet Lauren informally where she works for a Children's Book Week open house. No registration required.

Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., join Lauren Castillo in her studio at The Millworks, 340 Verbeke Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.



Full Programs: 

Learn how Lauren makes a story come alive with her writing and art! Programs include artist presentation, a craft and a cookie! Book signing included.  

Friday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Elizabethville Area Library 

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Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library

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Saturday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Madeline L. Olwine Memorial Library

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Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the East Shore Area Library

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Craft activities will be led by library staff after each presentation.

Sign in and seating will begin a half hour before the events at each location.





About Lauren Castillo

Lauren CastilloLauren studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Honor winning book, Nana in the City, as well as The Troublemaker and Melvin and the Boy. Lauren has also illustrated several critically acclaimed picture books, including Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, and City Cat by Kate Banks. She currently draws and dreams in Harrisburg, PA.