Nanaimo social media geeks will celebrate Family Literacy Day on Thursday, January 27, 2011, with ReadUP TweetUP from 5 to 7 pm at the Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way. Avid readers and aspiring writers will have the chance to meet a variety of published authors, enjoy the hospitality of event sponsors, and do some fun activities while exploring the amazing exhibits of the Nanaimo Museum. Organized by The Book Broads, this child-friendly event will allow guests to mix and mingle with authors and fellow readers.
Confirmed special guests include Gabriola Island author and illustrator Dianna Bonder, whose most recent book is The West is Calling. Nanaimo’s favourite kindergarten teacher and author of 123 Kindergarten, the celebrated Barbara Allisen, shares her knowledge on the important skills required to become a reader. Rachel Dunstan Muller has written many books for kids and tweens and is a popular writer based in Ladysmith. Lantzville resident and certified yoga instructor, Kathy Beliveau is the author of The Yoga Game, a perfect fit for the theme of literacy and play. Nanaimo’s Charity Gosling will be on hand to talk about her newly released novel, The Guardian.
ReadUP TweetUP has not left out the adults. The organizers believe that if kids see parents read, they will too. Website guru George Plumley shares his latest book Website Design & Development: 100 Questions to Ask Before Building a Website. Nick Daniels, a science writer and now working on novels, is newish to Nanaimo. His book, The Gentlemen’s Conspiracy is a thrilling and deep read. Also present will be cookbook author and cool eyeglass wearer Cory Parsons. Novelist Chevy Stevens will be there talking about her fabulous novel Still Missing. Wendy D will act as official photographer.
Guests will also have the opportunity to do alphabet art activities with Tara Gray from 4 Cats Nanaimo. Attendees will be able to to play with their food with an alphabet themed chocolate buffet generously provided by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. All guests are asked to bring unwanted books for donation. Children who donate a book will be given a free ticket to pick a used book to take home to read at bedtime, thus continuing this literacy-focused day. Remaining books will be donated to Books for Kids, an organization that takes pre-loved books, sells them, and puts the money made back into the school libraries.