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Friends of Axe sponsor children's book festival, poetry reading

April 07, 2009 12:00AM

The Friends of Axe Library are sponsoring two community events on the Pittsburg State University campus this month.

In conjunction with the annual Young Authors’ Conference, Friends of Axe will hold a Children’s Book Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Weede Gymnasium. Numerous award-winning children’s books, all signed by their authors, will be available to buy during the festival.

“We frequently buy furnishings and equipment for the library,” said Jane Victor, member of Friends of Axe and reference librarian. “We have ambitions to get quite a few more things. We’ve been doing this Children’s Book Festival for years, and we’ve been doing fairly well with it.”

Proceeds from the book sale will go to the Friends of Axe Library, which for many years has planned and supported projects for library improvements, including the purchase of films and books, organization of lectures and art exhibitions, and the publication of a guidebook about the history of the campus.

The Friends of Axe have been particularly busy this year with two lectures sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, the Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture and an upcoming reading by poet, teacher and environmentalist Jeff Thomson.

“He teaches creative writing, but part of the creative writing he teaches is environmental writing,” Victor said. “I suppose that would be like Rachel Carson who wrote ‘Silent Spring.’”

Thomson’s reading, co-sponsored by the English department, will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the special collections area of Axe Library. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Victor at (620) 235-4886.

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