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Young Readers Invited to Kick-Off Summer Reading 2011 with author Grace Lin at RI State House on May 14

This event kicks off second annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island

Rhode Island third through sixth graders and their families are invited to the kick-off of the second annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island event on Saturday, May 14 at the Rhode Island State House, 12 Noon — 3:00 pm. The event marks the beginning of 2011 Summer Reading activities coming to libraries statewide.  This year’s summer reading theme is One World, Many Stories and event planners have loads of fun activities for attendees, including a book talk about Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by award-winning author Grace Lin.

Spearheaded by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library, Kids Reading Across Rhode Island is patterned after the Rhode Island Center for the Book’s very popular Reading Across Rhode Island – which just completed its ninth successful year as the state’s one state, one book project.  Kids Reading Across Rhode Island will be implemented by children’s librarians from around the state.

The project is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library; McDonald’s local owners/operators of Rhode Island; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; the Rhode Island Educational Media Association; and the Rhode Island Library Association.


State House Celebration from Noon to 3 PM

  • Author Grace Lin to speak; each family to receive a free book (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon)
  • Author Grace Lin will speak at 1:30 AND at 2:30 pm; a book sale and signing will follow each talk.
  • Children and families can participate in crafts and games led by children’s librarians and school library media specialists from around the state.
  • Projects inspired by Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, created by Rhode Island students, will be on display.
  • Festivities include a performance by Brown University’s Lion Dance Team, a martial arts demonstration by Main Street Martial Arts, and an interactive exhibit presented by RIMOSA (RI Museum of Science and Art).

About the Author & Book: Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Grace’s 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen for Al Roker’s Today Show Kid’s Book Club and was a New York Times Bestseller. Ling & Ting, Grace’s first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. An Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the US, most of Grace’s books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.” See more about Grace and her work at www.gracelin.com.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, written and illustrated by Grace Lin, is a story of an epic journey in the tradition of the Wizard of Oz. Grace Lin’s description of her 2010 Newbery Honor award book: “In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.”

Join in the fun at the Kids Reading Across Rhode Island kick-off or participate in a book discussion or activity at your local Rhode Island public library this summer.  For up-to-date information, visit http://krari.blogspot.com or call 401-574-9309 or 401-455-8134.

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