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Meet the author and illustrator of Fry Bread on Saturday, March 25.

Meet the Author & Illustrator of Fry Bread: Kevin Noble Maillard & Juana Martinez-Neal

Saturday, March 25 | 10:00 am | Bowling Green Library Atrium

Families, students, teachers, and children’s book lovers are invited to the Wood County District Public Library’s meet the author & illustrator program with award-winning author and illustrator of Fry Bread, Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal. This prestigious author and illustrator duo will be visiting the library on Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 am in the Bowling Green Library Atrium.

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal. You can read or listen to Fry Bread on hoopla here.

This is a great opportunity for teachers and students to meet and listen to an award-winning author and illustrator, and a chance for children to meet their favorite book’s creators.

During the program, there will be a book discussion where Kevin and Juana will discuss the creation of Fry Bread, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. This program is generously supported by the estate of Marjorie Conrad.

In addition to Fry Bread, copies of Alma and How She Got Her NameI Don't Care, and Swashby and the Sea, all illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, will be sold by the Mazza Museum. Copies of each book will be $15.00.

This program is presented in partnership with Bowling Green State University’s In the Round series. If you're not able to attend the Saturday event, join BGSU as they host Kevin and Juana on Friday, March 24. Click here to learn more about the In the Round event. Special thank you to the BGSU Curriculum Resource Center for their helpful LibGuide on Fry Bread, which you can explore by clicking here. Free copies of Fry Bread will be distributed by WBGU-PBS and OHIO Learns 360 to the first 100 families to attend the event.

Meet the Author: Jerry Pallotta

Sunday, May 14 | 2:00 pm | Bowling Green Library Atrium

1BookBG asks an important question this year: Who Would Win? This year's 1BookBG author is Jerry Pallotta and features his many Who Would Win titles that show what would happen if animals faced off in the wild. 

In partnership with local schools, WCDPL and 1BookBG are proud to host an author visit with Jerry Pallotta on Sunday, May 14 at 2:00 pm in the Bowling Green Library Atrium. As a writer of over 30 years, Jerry is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction and has written over 90 books. Combining facts, research, humor, and realistic illustrations of the animals he writes about, his books are loved by families and children.

Families can join us as Jerry talks about his books and his experience as an author. After the presentation, there will be a book signing. Books will be sold at the event.

Local partners, including WCDPL and local schools, help to make literacy a reality in the lives of families all across the community. This author visit is possible through the generous support of the Marjorie Conrad Estate. 

Meet author Viola Shipman (Wade Rouse) on Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 pm.

Meet the Author: Viola Shipman (Pen Name for Author Wade Rouse)

Tuesday, June 27 | 7:00 pm | Bowling Green Library Atrium

Join the Wood County District Public Library to meet bestselling fiction author and memoirist Viola Shipman (pen name for Wade Rouse)! Wade will talk about his work as an author, the inspiration behind the pen name Viola Shipman, and discuss his new novel, Famous in a Small Town, which releases on June 13, 2023.

Wade Rouse is the USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly and internationally bestselling author of 15 books, including five memoirs and ten novels. Wade’s books have been translated into nearly 25 languages and have been bestsellers across the world. He chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, as a pen name to honor the working poor Ozarks seamstress whose sacrifices changed his family’s life and whose memory inspires his fiction.

Wade’s books have been selected multiple times as Must-Reads by NBC’s Today Show as well as Michigan Notable Books of the Year. His memoirs and novels have been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today and on Chelsea Lately and chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation’s independent booksellers. A former journalist, magazine writer and People reporter, his writing has appeared in a diverse range of publications and media, including Coastal LivingTime, All Things ConsideredGood HousekeepingParadeSalonForbesWriter’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly.

Registration is required. To register, call (419) 352-5050, email, or register by clicking here.

This program is supported by the estate of Julia Rentz.

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