TOday! Special Book Signing, Reading And Family Fun, The ūüéĄ in Dock Square | Photo Tour Sawyer Free Library #SFL@21Main

10-11:30 Saturday December 3, 2022 – Free family fun!

A reading and book signing of The Tree In Dock Square at Sawyer Free Library **location on Main Street**

with special guests author Jean Woodbury and artist Bonnie L. Sylvester

SFL@21Main photo tour

The bright library is in the space memorably outfitted by Rob Newton’s Cape Ann Community Cinema (now in Rockport). His investments into upgrades and renovations –concession stand, lobby, viewing room (staff and Wellspring meeting uses), handicap accessible bathrooms, and more– are well suited for the retrofitted library zones. Stairs/elevator to 2nd floor. Ground Floor is Mystery Train. Note: The elevator is to the right when you walk in the entry. (65 Rogers/21 Main –the only entrance is on Main)

Fireworks Rockport Illumination Night & Day Saturday August 13, 2022

Reminder this coming Saturday: Rockport Massachusetts is hosting the annual Rockport Illumination day of free family summer fun!

Volunteers help place the enchanting paper lanterns in earnest this Thursday.

Illumination Day Schedule 2022 – Saturday August 13th
11:00-2:30

Art and merchant raffles. Join us in paint your own lantern, face painting, kids activities, and…storytelling! Sponsored by ‚ÄúInstitution for Savings‚ÄĚ

Storytime Readers
11:00 Rockport Chief of Police John Horvath
11:30 Selectman Paul Murphy
12:00 Selectwoman Denise Donnelly
12:30 Emily Souza Children’s Librarian Rockport Public Library
1:00 Jean Woodbury local author of ‚ÄúThe Tree in Dock Square‚ÄĚ

Music in Dock Square
2-4 Rhiannon Hurst, Steve Lacey, Jace Mason / Jazz Music
4:15-6:15 – RPS Band / Rhythm/Soul
6:30-8:30 Northwest Fox Trio / Alternative Rock

Fireworks

9pm (will last about 20-25 minutes)

Rain date August 14th.

featured storytime reading 1pm

paper lanterns photo- c. ryan, 2016

Cape Ann Reads 2018 inaugural celebration of children’s picture books by local artists and writers

The Cape Ann Reads inaugural reception celebrating original children’s picture books by local artists and writers was held at City Hall in Gloucester, Massachusetts, January 27, 2018.¬†Linda Bosselman of Sawyer Free Library was the official photographer for the packed event and she captured all its positive energy and people. An upcoming group exhibition featuring these participants will travel to the four¬†Cape Ann communities. As you can see from the celebration pictures, the touring exhibition and its related receptions and readings will be worth a visit! Cape Ann Reads is an initiative by the four public libraries of Cape Ann.

packed event Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA.jpg

The Cape Ann Reads reception and awards ceremony opened  in style Рthanks to the red-ribbon cutting courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Ken Riehl.

Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception-local authors & artists Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA ©Linda Bosselman (33)

Cape Ann Reads 2018 ribbon cutting courtesy CAPE ANN CHAMBER 20180127_133442-ANIMATION

Portraits of the artists and writers

City Hall is a gorgeous venue for an art fair. Linda photographed all the local artists and writers at their individual picture book display booths. Effort was high. Kind friends manned booths for participants who were unable to attend: Ashley was there for Steven Kennedy and Victoria Petway, and Sinikka Nogelo represented Gail and James Seavey.

Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception-local authors & artists Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA ©Linda Bosselman (20)
Cape Ann Reads Medal Book- The Tree in Dock Square, written by Jean Woodbury (L) illustrations by Bonnie Sylvester (R)

Welcome

Awards ceremony program began with a warm welcome of support for the arts from Mayor Romeo Theken and opening remarks by the Library Directors and special dignitaries

Jurors

Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum and Beauport Hotel.

Cape Ann Reads convened a nine member selection panel that included representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, former Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library (now at Manchester); Kate Strong Stadt, former Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Ann Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex.  Joining these talented library staff members were three artists and award winning children’s book author-illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech. Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop provided another crucial area of book world expertise. Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process.

Each library and the Cape Ann Museum designated one child representative for the second jury — a thoughtful panel of children: Eli Porter, Alycia Hogan Lopez, John Recroft, Lucas Rodi, and Josie West. They put in tremendous effort to read every entry, prepare notes, and come together for discussion. They were tasked with close reading and instructions to let us know any books that were favorites or that they wanted to compliment. Several came to assist the event as junior staff.

 

Awards presentation – Cape Ann Reads Gulliver, Honor and Medal books

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