Saturday, August 31, 2013


September may be upon us, but soon it will be Booktober at the Augusta Memorial Public Library. Booktoberfest is the library's annual open house and celebration of all things book-related. Although it originally took place in October, its date has been moved to September 14 this year in order to avoid conflicts with the Falling Leaves Art Tour (on which the library is a stop) and to increase the odds of warm weather for the outdoor activities.

Booktoberfest will feature a variety of family-friendly presentations, food, and activities. At 10:00 a.m., book lovers can enjoy a presentation by Minnesota writer Carl Brookins, author of the Jack Marston mystery series. Then, at 11:30 a.m., they can hear Chippewa Falls author Joe Niese speak about his recently published book, Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer.

The afternoon will feature presentations by a mother/daughter team. At 2:00 p.m., Minnesota author, artist, and musician Natalie Thomas will share how to transform life's embarrassing moments into fuel for comic writing in "The Accidental Comedienne." Her daughter Cassandra Thomas--also an author and artist--will follow at 3:00 p.m. with "Learn to Draw (Not Just for Kids)," which will help aspiring artists of all ages learn to draw cartoon figures.

In between presentations, visitors can enjoy activities and an outdoor Storywalk featuring storyboards by local artist and author Pat Gabler. There will also be food served between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

If you would like more information about Booktoberfest, please contact library director Leslie LaRose at or call the library at (715) 286-2070.

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