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6/13/2021 9:42:00 AM
Bruce Hale to Visit Library
Beyond the Book series offers six events Friday & Saturday

Lincoln County Public Library
Press Release

On Friday (June 18th)and Saturday (June 19th) , acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Bruce Hale will be visiting the Lincoln County Public Library as part of the Beyond the Book literacy initiative. The goal of the program is to generate enthusiasm for reading and writing by providing opportunities for children to engage with authors.

Jennifer Sackett, Library Director, says “The response to these author visits has been tremendous. We’ve had reluctant readers get excited about telling their own stories and young writers wanting to become published authors. Beyond the Book has enabled the Library to make books come alive by building connections between stories and their authors.” 

Throughout six events Hale will share storytelling, talk about his journey from reluctant reader to author, and lead children on interactive writing and drawing adventures. Hale believes “that everybody has a story to tell, some creativity to express. I’m looking forward to working with the kids of Lincoln County to help them tell their stories through both writing and drawing.”

Children who attend a writing or cartooning event will receive a journal to use as they write and draw their own stories. Hale will also be signing copies of his books which will be available for purchase at each event. “Bruce Hale is celebrated for blending humor with accessible writing and illustrating techniques as he teaches children. We’re excited for his visit to inspire young readers, writers, and illustrators this summer!” says John Russell, Youth Services Coordinator. A world traveler, Hale tells readers that he was raised by wolves just outside Los Angeles and began his writing career while living in Tokyo. He currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, his sweet mutt, Riley, and his massive collection of hats.

When he was a kid, Hale knew exactly what he wanted to be: Daniel Boone. Somewhere along the way, the right books and the right teachers encouraged him to follow his love of story in a different direction. He is eternally grateful to those who helped him along the path. Page 2 of 5 Hale’s latest book, Switched, is about a mess of truly epic portions. When an intense round of tug-of-war leaves both boy and dog with bumped heads, Parker and Boof wake up to the biggest disaster yet: They’ve switched bodies! Suddenly, Boof has to find his way through a school day, and Parker has to… eat dog food? Hale has written or illustrated over sixty books for children and is the author of Clark the Shark; the award-winning Chet Gecko Mysteries series; Snoring Beauty, one of Oprah’s Recommended Reads for Kids; and the School for S.P.I.E.S. series.

Beyond the Book visits build connections that will encourage students to read, improve their confidence in writing, and inspire them to tell their own story. The Beyond the Book program extends through June with the last author visit scheduled for Tuesday, June 29th , featuring Matt Myers, the illustrator of Star Wars: BB-8 On the Run (by Drew Daywalt), A Dog Named Doug (by Karma Wilson), and many more. The Beyond the Book series is funded by a $50,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina.

On Friday, Hale will be at the West Lincoln Library, 4797 Westwinds Road,  from 10:30 – 11:15 and again from 3 - 4 PM.

Friday evening, he'll be at the Shanklin Library on Fairfield Forest Road from 6:30 - 7:30.

On Saturday, he'll be at the Jonas Library in Lincolnton from 10:30 - 11:30, 1:30 -2:30 and 3:30 - 4:30.  

Each of the programs at different times will be different, so you may want to attend more than one.  

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