New Story Walk from local author at MV Public Library

Local teen author-illustrator Tasha Rankin, a student at Madawaska Valley District High School, brings the latest of her books to a brand new Story Walk at Madawaska Valley Public Library (MVPL) on August 18. CEO Karen Filipkowski said she was thrilled when Tasha suggested MVPL could use her new tale, Larry’s Amazing Animals, for another children’s event. In August 2020 Tasha’s book Dapper’s Muddy Dilemma was a great success at the Library’s first ever Story Walk. At the time Tasha told The Current she was pleased to see her story brought to life for local children. Above: Tasha Rankin at 2020 Story Walk, with her mother Dr. Ann Burkart.

Library staff and volunteers will use Tasha’s illustrations of Larry and friends to set up a series of fun, interactive stations where children can read and enjoy the story. As well as playing out the story line in a fun way, participants can win lots of prizes during this drop-in event, said Filipkowski. The Story Walk will take place at the library lot starting at 1:00pm.

Library celebrates Valley authors

Local authors have brought a great season to Valley residents of differing ages and interests.

Brenda Missen. Photo

On May 30, MVPL hosted a launch event for Combermere resident Brenda Missen’s latest book Tumblehome: One Woman’s Canoeing Adventures in the Divine Wilderness at the Combermere Community Centre. On July 23, the Library brought Barry’s Bay native Carley Fortune back to her home town for an Author’s Talk at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre (PJYCC) about her smash hit debut novel set in Barry’s Bay Every Summer After.

Carley Fortune. Photo facebook/MVPL

Tasha Rankin’s Story Walk Larry’s Amazing Animals is the third MVPL event this summer based on the work of a local author.

Other children’s treats at the Library

Knights in the Classroom returned to the PJYCC with a half-day training session on fencing, complete with appropriately-sized foils and safety equipment for all ages enrolled. Thanks to Kaszuby Cottagers Association for sponsoring the session. (See separate report and photos.) Morning Story Time is another regular feature that draws out the youngsters. As always the MVPL Craft Kits have been a hit this summer. And the Aug.16 entry deadline for the annual summer holiday Children’s Artwork Contest is coming up fast, so remember to drop by the Library to pick up a picture for your child to colour.

Filipkowski said that the Library is grateful for the support from volunteers and the sponsorship from local businesses and organizations for these events.

Children’s artwork contest deadline is Aug.16

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