Reading Festival

Authors, visitors enjoyed first reading festival in Rockford

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Only Rockford Ambulance was disappointed in the first Reading Rocks in Rockford festival organized by Rockford Rotary. The Ambulance booth, featuring bicycle safety, was too close to the allure of the Fire Department’s big red trucks, so youngsters tended to pass them by. The Rockford Fire Department was busy all day long during the event on Saturday, August 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We have had at least 100 kids through here today,” said fire fighter Robert Berkstresser. Berkstresser helped youngsters up into the department’s newest truck and offered coloring books, stickers and free play fire helmets. The event began with a breakfast at Krause Memorial Library with authors and included a wide variety of reading-related events held all over downtown. Despite cooler temperatures, cloudy weather and a little rain, most events were very well received. Authors Row at Garden Club park featured a dozen authors who were on hand to talk about their profession, tell about their books and sign their works. Rockford sports teams read to youngsters at different locations around town and programs ran at the library throughout the day. Organizers, including Susan Bodenner at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, were pleased with the turnout. Bodenner said it was hard to tell how many children and adults showed up because events happened all over town. Author Shirley Neitzel said, “ The event was so well organized, it’s hard to believe this was the first year for it.” Authors Karen and Darrin Brege said, “Thank you so much for having us at your lovely book festival. Your adorable town has become one of our new favorites. For your first year, it seemed like a wonderful success.” Author Kim Delmar Cory said, “Thank you for inviting me to present in Author’s Row this past Saturday for the first annual Rockford Reading Festival. I thought you did a marvelous job organizing it. The parade of book characters, the constant entertainment, the Girl Scout helpers, it was all just top notch! Despite the weather, a good time was had by all. And what an absolutely lovely town you have.”        

Reading Festival promises fun Saturday

August 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford is a town of many talents and a town of many exciting summmer events. This Saturday, August 29, Rockford Rotary combines the two in the newest annual event: Reading Rocks in Rockford. Reading will be anything but a sedate, solitary pursuit this weekend with active and hands-on activities with a reading theme. Rockford Rotary has long partnered with Rockford Schools and schools in other countries to promote literacy, international goodwill and even fill hungry bellies. Each Tuesday children in a Dominican Republic School eat breakfast because Rockford Rotary pays for it. Now, right at home, experience literacy in a variety of venues. Have breakfast with authors in Krause Memorial Library Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. for just $4. At 9:45 a.m. dress up as your favorite storybook character and enjoy a side walk parade which starts at Rockford City Hall. Events take place throughout the day all over downtown. More than a dozen authors will visit town and will read and sign books. Signs around town will direct festival attendees to the different events. An outdoor lunch adventure will take place from 11:30 a.m. at Garden Club Park. Bring a lunch or purchase lunch downtown and enjoy Jeff Schatzer and his new book Professor Tuesday’s Awesome Adventure. All ages will enjoy this chance to celebrate the joy of reading, to meet Rockford athletes, school officials, authors and Rotarians as they read out loud. Activities begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. Don’t miss this first-time new festival with a literary theme. 1. Jeff Schatzer – main stage 2. Carl Behrend – main stage 3. Sow Hope-One Hen – main stage 4. Nancy Edwards 5. Jean Alicia Elster ( wants to come to Author breakfast) 6. Renee Hand 7. Alan St. Jean 8. Karen Bell-Brege – possibly present as well 9. Kim Cory – 10. Roland Hansen 11. Kenn Vidro 12. Shirley Neitzel 13. Judith Wade 14. Janet Heller 15. Wendy Gager/and an author friend 16. MaryAnn Lesert Robin Schmidt to display books at Frenz Restaurant Information about authors: Judith Wade, Author Eagle, MI email: Judith’s website: Books: Mermaid Dreams (Riley Press, 2005) The Mermaid’s Gift (Riley Press, 2004) The Secret of Mermaid Island (Riley Press, 2003) Kim Delmar Cory, Author Holt, MI email: […]

Reading Rocks in Rockford with new festival

August 20, 2009 // 0 Comments

Get ‘fired up for reading’ with firemen or read to Ruff Readers dog What do dogs, firefighters, theater, a parade, breakfast with VIP authors and pennies all have in common? The answer is Reading Rocks in Rockford, a new family-friendly and all-ages festival to be held in downtown Rockford on Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rockford Rotary and Rockford Public Schools are teaming up with local businesses and Krause Memorial Library to celebrate the joy of reading through a variety of exciting venues. Jennifer German, branch manager of Krause Memorial Library (KML), is thrilled to have a reading festival downtown and hopes the event will become an annual family favorite. “I think it’s wonderful Rotary chose a reading festival. They have come up with some very unique and creative ways to highlight reading on many levels,” she said. Events will take place at several locations in Rockford, including KML, City Hall and the fire barn, Reading Books Train Depot, Rockford Ace Hardware, Garden Club Park, the Rotary Pavilion, Speed Merchants and Pegasus Sports. Stroll through town to visit your favorite events—stop in for just a few or stay all day. The festival kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast at KML with local authors. Book clubs and the public are encouraged to attend and meet the festival authors. The cost is just $4 per person. Register by calling the library at (616) 647-3940. Authors include Jeffrey Schatzer and Carl Behrend. At 9:45 a.m. the community is invited to take part in a storybook parade. Dress up as a favorite storybook character and meet at City Hall for the sidewalk parade. Hear Bob the Builder read aloud at Rockford Ace Hardware from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be events at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Squires and Courtland streets (across from Arnie’s Restaurant and Bakery). Watch mime Michael Lee share “Stories Beyond Words” and Rockford Public School administrators and Rotarians will read. At 12:30 p.m. enjoy the 4-H Clown Theater followed by more VIP readers. During the same time frame, events will also take place at Garden Club Park on the banks of the Rogue River (behind Arnie’s). Hear Carl Behrend, folksinger […]