Warwick. The return of the Children’s 2021 Book Festival draws huge crowds

| 12 Oct 2021 | 03:02

The weather was good on Saturday, Oct. 9, and after being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the ninth Children’s Book Festival, held that day in Stanley-Deming Park, drew huge crowds.

The free admission event, presented by the Albert Wisner Public Library, the Village of Warwick and primary sponsors Glenn and Susan Dickes, featured more than 50 authors and illustrators of children’s books for grades Pre-K to 12. And many of the authors described and autographed their books.

Singer–songwriter Tommy Gardner, from the award-winning Uncle Brothers Band and his colleague performed a lively, interactive concert for children in the park’s bandstand

Library Director Rosemary Cooper stressed that the primary purpose of the Children’s Book Festival was to encourage literacy at an early age.

Cooper also praised Glenn and Susan Dickes for their generosity in funding all the expenses involved in presenting the event at no cost to the library or the taxpayers.

“How nice to return following last year’s COVID-required absence,” stated Glenn and Susan Dickes. “Festival organizers and volunteers at the library once again have poured themselves into the effort. Stanley Deming Park is a great place to be. Book lovers of all ages have turned out to enjoy the opportunity. Another bit of normalcy has returned to Warwick. We already are looking forward to doing this again next year. Hooray!”