Each year the Lacey Loves to Read Committee seeks out an award winning author to be the focus of this community literacy initiative designed to unite readers of all ages around the works of one author. We are excited to announce our 2019 author is Kazu Kibuishi, New York Times Best Selling author/illustrator of the Amulet graphic novel series. The most recent release, Amulet 8: Super Nova was released this past fall to fan’s delight, and now all are anxiously waiting #9, the conclusion of the wildly popular series. Kibuishi is 4th-generation Japanese-American. Kibuishi was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1978. The family moved back to the United States in 1981, and he grew up near Los Angeles, California. Kibuishi began drawing comics at the age of 5. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. He also speaks at schools. Kibuishi currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, author Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their children.
The public can meet Kazu Kibuishi at a free Community Author Reception from 7-8:30 p.m., February 21 at River Ridge High School Auditorium, 350 River Ridge Dr. S.E. The event will kick off with an ‘Artist’s Alley’ featuring artwork from NTPS students, free books from the South Sound Reading Foundation, author book sales from Scholastic along with T-shirt and book bag sales. After the author presentation he will sign his books.
Other highlights of the program will include:
- Lacey Loves to Read Bookmark winners will be recognized: Lacey City Council will recognize the 6 student bookmark grand prize winners whose work is published and distributed throughout the community. See their work and who they are at nthurston.k12.wa.us/read.
- Teen Graphic Novel Contest: Lacey Timberland Library sponsored a graphic novel contest for teens this year as part of the literacy month. The winners will be announced on Feb. 20 and published online.
- Read Around Lacey: This is the sixth year for this literacy adventure sponsored by the Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce. Students K-6 visit local businesses on a map and read something they wrote to the business owner/employees who talk to the students about the importance of reading in their own jobs. Students have to visit a minimum of 6 businesses Feb. 1-15 and can win prizes, including a new tablet. Maps are available through NTPS schools and the Lacey Timberland Library.
- Make Your Own Comics Workshop on Saturday, February 9, 2:00pm at the Lacey Library for kids grades 4th – 12th with Cathy Camper https://cathycamper.com/ FREE
The Friends of the Lacey Timberland Regional Library have been a major sponsor of Lacey Loves to Read since the program’s inception. This year, as in years past, the Friends were thankful to receive a grant of $6,500 from the Nisqually Tribe in support of this month-long literacy celebration.