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Cedar Valley Children's Book Festival

Festival logo 2017

 

This year's festival has grown!  

Four venues will offer events as part of the festival this year, on different days.  Check back later in March for a complete schedule and printable program of events.  Please note the dates and times of each venue's activities.

Waterloo Public Library--Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10-3:30, free and open to the public 

Come and meet Tacky the Penguin, Pete the Cat, and Splat the Cat!  Character-themed crafts will also be available. 415 Commercial St., Waterloo, IA 50701.

Hearst Center for the Arts--Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., free and open to the public

Create-a-charactera the Hearst Center for the Cedar Valley Children's Book Festival.  Join Hearst Center instructors and festival volunteers to celebrate children's books!  Younger participants will be guided through making a Very Friendly Caterpillar paint print, and older students will be guided through the process of drawing and designing a background story for their own characters.  Story book free drawing and face painting will also be available for all ages.  Questions should be directed to the Hearst Center at 319-273-8641. 304 W. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls, IA 50613.

Waterloo Center for the Arts--Friday, April 7, 2017 at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. $5 per person.

The Cedar Valley Children's Book Festival celebration continues at the Phelps Youth Pavilion with arts-based storytime and crafts for children ages 2-7 and their parents!  Stories take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.  The cost is $5 per person, which includes admission to the Phelps Youth Pavilion galleries.  225 Commercial St., Waterloo, IA 50701.

Cedar Falls Public Library--Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10-3, free and open to the public

Come dressed as your favorite book character, if you'd like to!

Patrick Jennings

9:15-10:15  Writing workshop with award-winning author Patrick Jennings.  For ages 9-12.  Registration required and limited to 12. (Library conference room, 2nd floor)  Register online here or call the youth department at 319-859-3282.

10:00-10:30  Yoga Storytime (Community Center)

10:30-11:30  Writing workshop with award-winning author Patrick Jennings.  For ages 9-12.  Registration required and limited to 12. (Library conference room, 2nd floor)  Register online here or call the youth department at 319-859-3282.

10:45-11:15  Parabola Youth Theater performance (Community Center.) This year Parabola will perform Dr. Seuss's The Lorax and Chris Van Allsburg's Just a Dream.

11:30-12:00  Yoga Storytime (Community Center)

11:45-12:45  Writing workshop with award-winning author Patrick Jennings.  For ages 9-12.  Registration required and limited to 12. (Library conference room, 2nd floor)  Register online here or call the youth department at 319-859-3282.

1:00-2:00  Writing workshop with award-winning author Patrick Jennings.  For teens ages 13-18.  Registration required and limited to 12. (Library conference room, 2nd floor)  Register online here or call the youth department at 319-859-3282.Eric Litwin

1:30-2:15    Concert with Eric Litwin, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the original four Pete the Cat books, the Nuts, and Groovy Joe. (Community Center)

2:15-3:00    Book signing with Eric Litwin and Patrick Jennings (Community Center).  Books will be available to purchase.

Ongoing at CFPL:

10:00-2:00  Photo booth by Corridor Photo Booths (location TBA)

10:00-3:00  Face painting by Make-It-Up Face Painting and Face Painting by Amy (Youth Department)

10:00-3:00  Photo ops with book characters: Pete the Cat, Elephant & Piggie, Cookie Mouse (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie...), Llama Llama, and Clifford the Big Red Dog  (Library)

10:00-3:00  Book-related crafts (Youth Department storytime area)

524 Main St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613

For questions about the festival, contact Kelly Stern at 319-268-5546.

Thank you to our sponsor!

Cedar Falls Community Foundation, Robert and Shirley Berg Fund for use by the library

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