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McHenry to host authors fair geared toward kids

McHENRY – An annual children’s carnival is growing to include a book fair and visiting authors.

Organizers are looking for donations of items to be raffled off at the October event, which will include a book drive and presentations from six or seven authors.

It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the main gym at McHenry High School West Campus, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road.

Besides helping to organize the event, Betty Davis of McHenry will be one of the authors to talk to the kids.

A literacy tutor, she wrote her first children’s book to address some of the problem spots her students had, in particular a lack of knowledge about places around the world.

Her protagonist travels around the world, learning about the countries he visits and having adventures.

Other authors scheduled to attend include Stew Cohen, radio anchor and the author of “The WYEN Experience”; Karen Halvorsen Schreck, who wrote “Lucy’s Family Tree”; and Marianne Richmond, who has written and illustrated several children’s books.

“Having them go to a book fair or a bookstore, anything like that, is just a great opportunity because parents that read and the kids that see their parents read become readers,” Davis said. “When you read to them growing up, they’re going to want to read.”

The event is geared toward children of all ages and has authors that write for different age groups, she said.

Those interested in donating can contact Davis on her cellphone at 847-707-8306.

Proceeds from the raffle will go to the schools so they can provide scholarships for students who need outside tutoring, Davis said.

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