Children will have their own area with hands-on activities and performances by a children’s theater group at the West Virginia Book Festival, Oct. 22 and 23 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Bright Star Touring Theatre, based in Asheville, N.C., will present two plays on Saturday – “Sadie’s Spectacular Saturday” at 11 a.m. and “Maximus Mars” at 3 p.m. – and will repeat “Sadie” on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both productions teach children ways to cope with bullies. Launched eight years ago, the group’s season is comprised of literary, curriculum- and character-education based classics that are as entertaining as they are educational.
Word Play, located in West Hall 2, is devoted to a variety of children’s activities provided by area organizations. This year’s participants include: Kanawha County Public Library, South Charleston Public Library, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Kanawha County Master Gardeners, Pioneer West Virginia Federal Credit Union, The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, and Charleston Newspapers’ Newspapers in Education program.
Best-selling thriller writer Lee Child, basketball legend Jerry West, former Secret Service agents Gerald Blaine and Clint Hill, and self-help author Dave Pelzer have already been announced as part of the line-up for the festival. The annual, two-day event celebrates books and reading and offers something for all age groups. A variety of authors will attend, participating in book signings, readings, workshops and lectures. Activities for children include special programs and a section of the Marketplace filled with children’s activities. Admission to the festival is free.
The event is presented by Kanawha County Public Library, The Library Foundation of Kanawha County, Inc., the West Virginia Humanities Council, The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail and is sponsored by The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation, Segal & Davis Family Foundation, Pam Tarr and Gary Hart, Target, Wal-Mart, BB&T West Virginia Foundation and Borders Express. For more information, visit www.wvbookfestival.org.