Columbus Children’s Book Festival returns September 20

(WTVM) - The long-awaited Second Annual Columbus Children's Book Festival returns to the grounds of the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road on Saturday, September 20.

The event is free and open to the public.

The first event, held in 2013, brought thousands to the Library on a rain-soaked day to see authors such as R. L. Stine and Jane O'Connor.

This year' Festival promises to be even bigger with well-known authors, illustrators and entertainers coming to town for free presentations and autograph sessions that are designed for the whole family. Books will be for sale, as will food, beverages and snacks.

Complete event information, including author and performer schedules can be found on the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries' website Interested parties may also contact the Library at 706-243-2669.

Featured Authors and Illustrators
The featured authors and illustrators represent some of the most famous and most highly-regarded talent working in the field of children's literature and entertainment, including:

Famed Muppeteer Caroll Spinney who has portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch in over 4,000 episodes of Sesame Street.

Christopher Paul Curtis, the iconic author of the young adult classic The Watson's Go To Birmingham – 1963 and other novels.

Alyssa Satin Capucilli, creator of everybody's favorite puppy Biscuit and author of over 100 books for children.

Acclaimed international storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy, author of The Library Dragon and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach.

Michael P. White, award-winning artist and illustrator of The Library Dragon and Harriet's Horrible Hair Day.

Galactic Quest Comic Books featuring Sonic the Hedgehog artist Tracey Yardley and Herocats creators Kyle Puttkammer and Marcus Williams.

Meet and Greet with Thomas & FriendsTM

A very special Meet & Greet will take place when Thomas & Friends™ pull into the station. Bring your friends and family, and don't miss the opportunity to meet Everyone's favorite No. 1 blue engine, and get your photo taken! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the special day.

Entertainment and Other Events

Joining the Festivities will be entertainers such as Adam the Juggler, All Hands Productions Puppet Theatre, storyteller Mama Koku and Molly the Clown. Jubilee Farms Petting Zoo will be in operation onsite from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. There will also be character greetings from Biscuit, Where the Wild Things Are Monster, Skippyjon Jones and The Very Hungry Caterpillar throughout the day.

Additional activities during the event include Craft-O-Mania, a series of craft projects for children inspired by the Festival authors, and the Simple Steps Garden, an area of play, reading and crafts for babies, toddlers and the pre-schoolers.

Schedule of Events

The Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. The event will happen rain or shine.

The Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony at 10:45 a.m. awarding area students who participated in the annual Children's Book Festival Young Writers Contest.

The author's appearances will be as follows. All authors will appear in the Festival Main Event Tent located on the front lawn of the Library, with autograph sessions immediately following their presentations:

11 a.m.          Caroll Spinney

12 p.m.          Alyssa Satin Capucilli

1 p.m.            Christopher Paul Curtis

2 p.m.            Carmen Agra Deedy

3 p.m.            Michael P. White

Thomas and FriendsTM will be greeting fans at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium.

Galactic Quest Comics will have their own tent and will be meeting fans throughout the day.


One of the Libraries' support groups, The Muscogee County Friends of Libraries, will be running the Festival Bookstore during the event. Books from all of the featured authors, plus additional works, will be on sale. This will be a prime opportunity to pick up books to be autographed by your favorite author. The Store will accept cash and Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards.

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