Jim Gill, Gary Schmidt, and Super Why! Oh My!

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What IS Bookfest you ask? Well, for several years you may have known it as Celebration of the Book. This year, the Grand Rapids Public Library will be hosting a stage for Festival of the Arts! And to kick it off, Jim Gill will be having a concert on Saturday, June 2 beginning at 10. Jim Gill is an awarding winning children’s musician who emphasizes how important music and play are in a child’s life. His concerts are always great fun!

After his concert, he will be Grand Marshall to the Storybook Parade around the library! Kids (and adults, too) can come to the concert dressed as their favorite book character and parade around the library after hearing some fantastic music! We, along with the Kroc Center, will also have paper bags to make a vest for those without or not wanting to wear a costume.


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Next up for families will be local author Gary Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt is a multiple Newbery Medal honor winner and Michael L. Printz honor winner, and he will discuss his books on our stage.

Finally for families, keep an eye out for PBS’ Super Why and Princes Presto from their popular show Super Why. Kids will have the opportunity to shake hands, give hugs, and perhaps even have their picture taken with one of these popular faces.

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