Claire's Day

. August 10, 2012.
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Claire Rubini’s love of the written word has touched many lives. The young book lover died in 2000 at the age 10, and her mom and dad Julie and Brad established Claire’s Day Inc. to honor their daughter and her love of books. Each year over the course of a couple days they aim to inspire children and their families to be lifelong readers by exposing them to a multitude of book-related activities.

The Maumee branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library will host the 11th Claire’s Day events on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. On hand to share their work with children of all ages will be authors Linda Berber, David T. Greenberg, Carrie Harris, Marlane Kennedy, Brandon Marie Miller, Paul Orshosk, Debbie Taylor, Tricia Springstubb and Claire’s mom, Julie Rubini, whose book Hidden Ohio, is a tribute to her home state. Author/illustrators Will Hillenbrand and Ruth McNally-Barshaw will also be present, and there will be a special tribute to the late author/illustrator Wil Clay, who was a regular part of past Claire’s Days.

C.A.R.E. Awards Presented

A special feature of the Claire’s Day events will be the presentation of the C.A.R.E. (Claire’s Awards for Reading Excellence) Awards. They will be given to students from greater Toledo area schools whose principals have nominated them for their improved reading skills. Executive Director of Claire’s Day, David Justus, noted in a blog on www.clairesday.org  that, “Last year, 313 students who are not normally recognized for any form of academic achievement were given a C.A.R.E. Award for being the most improved reader in their class, and approximately 400 children were given new books at no cost to their families.” He adds, “One of the best things about Claire’s Day is the long-term benefits that our C.A.R.E. Awards) have on students. Generally, the award recipients have never been recognized for any form of academic achievement; therefore, being recognized as the “most improved reader” in their class has been shown to be a turning point for the student’s academic achievement. Our founders, Brad and Julie Rubini, have been approached years later by grateful parents who said that the C.A.R.E. Award was the boost of confidence that their child needed.”

Raising Funds

Those same authors and illustrators will be special guests at a Cocktail Reception at the Main (downtown) branch of the Library on Thursday, May 17, from 7-10 p.m. Guests will enjoy dinner and entertainment, as well as a silent auction, in the Children’s Library. Cost is $75/person, with funds used for grants to schools who sponsor author visits related to Claire’s Day.  Last year, 25 schools (with a combined total of nearly 10,000 students) hosted author/illustrators, giving teachers and children a chance to celebrate books and creativity in their own classrooms.

Additionally, Claire’s Day Inc. will present a $2500 check to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Legacy Foundation for the purchase of books written and/or illustrated by the event’s participating authors and illustrators.

The group has formed Claire’s Club for young readers who cannot wait for Claire’s Day to celebrate books. On the group’s website, www.clairesday.org, book lovers can read monthly interviews with authors and illustrators,
online comments about books from other readers, and follow a new blog focused on reading excellence and offering information about community events and reading tips for parents. Sponsors and volunteers for the activity are eagerly accepted. 

More information is available on the website, www.clairesday.org, or by writing Claire’s Day at 427 W. Dussel Dr. #116, Maumee OH 43537,