Kids and books will come together at the 15th annual Claire’s Day Book Festival, Saturday, May 21, at the Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Road. Fifteen authors and illustrators will give presentations, autograph their books, and be part of a special celebration to present Claire’s Award for Reading Excellence to students in grades K-8 who have demonstrated marked improvement in their reading skills over the course of a school year. (Teachers: Nominate your students using the form at clairesday.org. Last year, 800 students received awards. Organizers are hoping to recognize more than 1,000 readers this year.)
No festival is complete without food, crafts, music and T-shirts for sale, and Claire’s Day will have all of these, and more. The day is funded in part by Claire’s Night, held Friday, May 20, in the Winter Garden at the Main Branch of The Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 425 Michigan St. Sponsors (and it’s not too late to be one!) will meet illustrators and authors, bid on silent auction items and enjoy grazing stations and a dessert bar.
Claire’s Day celebrates the life of book-lover Claire Rubini, who died at age 10 of a heart defect. The Claire’s Day organization, founded in 2001 by Claire’s parents Brad and Julie Rubini, sponsors the event with Read for Literacy.