The Vegas Valley Book Festival, the largest literary event in Las Vegas, will feature an entire day of festivities for children and youth on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. Admission to the Children's Book Festival is free and open to the public.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., children and families will be able to enjoy nationally recognized authors, local authors, theatrical performances, storytellers, free books, costumed characters, hands-on activities, informational booths, exhibitions and much more. Events include readings and performances by award-winning authors and master storytellers. See the performance schedule.
Featured authors will include David Shannon ("No, David!," "David Goes To School," "How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball"), Jon Agee ("My Rhinoceros," "The Retired Kid," "Nothing"), Patrick Carmen ("The Land of Elyon," "The 39 Clues," "Skeleton Creek," "Thirteen Days to Midnight"), and bilingual author Monica Brown ("My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz," "Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina"). Charlotte Blake Alston will conduct a storytelling workshop as well as perform. The featured authors will participate in a panel discussion on children's books at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium. Recess Monkey, the acclaimed children's music band from Seattle, will perform on stage. Bilingual author, illustrator and educator Susan Katz will entertain with her lyrical picture book, "My Mama Earth." Alex Raffi will demonstrate the art of illustration. The Henderson Library will present the workshop, "Reading to Toddlers." Lowe's and McDonald's will sponsor activity tents.
Fourth Street will be closed Nov. 3 between Clark and Lewis avenues to become part of the festival site. No parking will be available at the Historic Fifth Street School. Limited free parking will be available at the Lloyd D. George federal courthouse parking lot at 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Paid parking will be available in the nearby city garage (entry on Third Street between Clark and Lewis), at metered spaces on adjacent streets, at the Bank of America building garage (entry on Third Street between Bridger and Lewis) and at other city garages downtown. See the map. For more downtown parking locations and information, go online to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/parking.
The 11th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival will take place Nov. 1-3, with most programs scheduled at the Historic Fifth Street School and the Clark County Library. The book festival will bring together more than 100 authors for panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, poetry readings, spoken word performances, exhibitions and other special programs. Most events are free and open to the public. The three-day festival will offer the Children's Book Festival, Comic Book Festival, contests, awards and the new "Feasting on Wheels."
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV's Black Mountain Institute; American Institute of Graphic Artists, Las Vegas chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder. A schedule of events and a roster of featured authors will be posted online at vegasvalleybookfestival.org and updated as information becomes available. For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival, please call (702) 229-5431 or go online to http://www.artslasvegas.org/. For more information on the Children's Book Festival, call (702) 229-3516 or visit http://www.artslasvegas.org/.