Any good parent knows that reading is an essential activity for the developing young mind of a child. And so do the organizers of Claire’s Day, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to inspiring children and families to be lifelong readers through exposure to a variety of literary opportunities and experiences.” Claire’s Day will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 9:30am-4:30pm at the Maumee branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library in honor of Claire Lynsey Rubini, who passed away from a heart condition in 2000 when she was just ten years old.
The 12th annual event promises story telling, dancing, making crafts and readings by children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. The authors and illustrators will meet with young readers to discuss their craft, sign their books and present the C.A.R.E. Awards (Claire’s Awards for Reading Excellence), which are awarded to students recognized by their schools and peers as being the most improved in their literacy skills. The prelude to the event, Claire’s Night, an authors and illustrators cocktail reception featuring fine dining stations, festive beverages and enchanting music, will take place at the Main branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library on Thursday, May 16 from 7-10pm. Claire’s Day is free; Claire’s Night is $75 per person. 567-712-1180 or visit www.clairesday.org