Award-winning young adult author Caragh M. O’Brien will discuss, “The Keep of Ages,” the final book in her “Vault of Dreamers” trilogy, on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Tolland Public Library.
O’Brien, a Mansfield resident and former English teacher at Tolland High School, will give the free talk at 1 p.m. to kick off the eighth year of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series. O’Brien was the inaugural speaker when the series began in 2010.
“The Keep of Ages” brings together a daring heroine and an imaginative plot in a story that Kirkus Reviews has called “psychologically and philosophically rich.”
The tale follows Rosie Sinclair from the prestigious Forge School to a defunct horror theme park, Grisly Valley, as she tries to rescue her parents and stop the sinister Dean Berg.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, O’Brien graduated from Williams College and earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Her young adult fiction has been honored by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Amelia Bloomer Award and the Junior Library Guild.
The Foundation’s author series has also brought writers Dan Barry, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, P.W. Catanese, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston to town.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the Tolland Public Library at 860-871-3620 or sign up at tolland.org/library.
Caragh M. O’Brien
Children’s author and illustrator David Biedrzycki, whose books include the Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective, series and “Me and My Dragon,” will give an interactive talk at the Tolland Public Library on Thursday, May 25.
The free talk by Biedrzycki, who gives 70 talks at schools and libraries each year, is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation. It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Conference Room A at Tolland Town Hall at 21 Tolland Green.
Biedrzycki’s program is geared to inspire students in Kindergarten through fifth grade and is technology-based. He will show the children how he creates stories and art on the computer and sometimes revises a story up to 30 times before it is done.
Biedrzycki will show how he uses shapes to create a beetle and beetle family and will get the children involved by having them learn about colors, symmetry and horizontal and vertical placement. He will leave a jpg file of the created art for students and parents to print up later.
The event is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or visit tolland.org/library and use the online events calendar.
Adults and high school students are invited to learn a fun, relaxing way to be creative at a free Zentangle Workshop on Thursday, May 11 in Tolland.
Zentangle is the art of drawing structured doodles, called tangles, in beautiful patterns. It is said to increase focus and creativity, provide artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of well-being.
The Tolland Public Library Foundation and the Tolland Public Library are sponsoring the event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Conference Room A at Tolland Town Hall at 21 Tolland Green.
The workshop will be presented by Jamilah Zebarth, a certified Zentangle teacher based in central Connecticut.
Materials will be provided for participant use during the class. Registration is required. To register, call the Tolland Public Library at 860-871-3620 or use the online events calendar at tolland.org/library.
The library foundation expects to have a waiting list for the class, so please cancel your reservation if you can’t attend.
Marjorie Laboy-Vagell of Tolland is the winner of the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader that the Tolland Public Library Foundation raffled off on April 1 at the library’s grand re-opening.
Here she is with Foundation Vice President Dani Titterton, at left, and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn. If you haven’t visited the newly expanded Tolland Public Library, it’s a must-see!
Nook winner Marjorie Laboy-Vagell of Tolland, center, with Foundation Vice President Dani Titterton at left and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn.
P.W. Catanese of Columbia, the author of ten young adult novels, will make a return appearance in Tolland on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his latest book, “Donny’s Inferno: Down in Flames.
The free talk, to be held in Conference Room A of Tolland town hall at 21 Tolland Green, is part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
This is the second in the Donny’s Inferno series that follows the adventures of Donny Taylor, a boy on the run who visits the underworld with a bewitching supernatural being named Angela Obscura. Catanese says this adventure is even bigger, better and funnier than in the first book. Souls have gone missing, and it’s Angela’s job to find out who’s taking them while Donny needs to survive capers that grow more dangerous by the day.
He says you don’t have to have read the first book to enjoy the second one.
School Library Journal says Catanese writes with a “memorably dry, witty tone.” It says the latest book is a “satisfying sequel sure to please readers of the first book, in a series that appeals to fans of the tones struck by Rachel Renee Russell and Rick Riordan.”
A graduate of the University of Connecticut who works in advertising, Catanese has seen all of his books published by Simon and Schuster/Aladdin and several, including “The Thief and the Beanstalk,” translated into other languages and published abroad. For details, visit pwcatanese.com.
He is making a return engagement in the EDK series, which has also brought writers as varied as Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Caragh O’Brien, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston to town.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, call the Tolland Public Library at 860-871-3620.