The second Friends of Bosler Library Celebrate the Book! festival is only two days away - starting Saturday at 9 a.m., book-lovers can congregate at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St.
The festival has a jam-packed schedule, beginning with David Baldacci speaking at 10 a.m., followed by his book signing from 11 a.m. to noon. Attendees can bring their own books to be signed or buy books there.
For the little ones, there is a series of celebrity story time readings in which local celebrities will read from books chosen by the Friends board.
"We wanted to have a variety of people who are in positions of making decisions for our library or who have a profound impact on our community and in particular children as readers, thus the reason for so many educators," Hofer said.
"I also wanted to include several children's authors who are attending the festival an opportunity to read or have their book read to an audience," she added.
"Children love to be read to. When I read to my grandchildren, they are mesmerized by the story. Afterwards we have a play time when they can create their own stories with their own wonderful characters," she explained.
Most of the books were chosen for the reader, but Sen. Pat Vance, R-31, chose her own book to read.
"‘Harry the Dirty Dog' was my kids' favorite book," she explained. "And I don't know if it's coincidence, but my grandson's name is Harrison - Harry," she joked.
"I think it's so important for kids to read. I think it opens them to such new worlds. I'm worried that it might be a passing trend. I love to read myself, and reading to kids allows them to use their imaginations in ways they might not get by watching television," Vance said.
The schedule is as follows:
• 11 a.m.: Sen. Pat Vance, "Harry the Dirty Dog," by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham
• 11:30 a.m.: Mary Kay Durham, former Carlisle Area School District superintendent, "Millie Waits for the Mail" by Alexander Steffensmeier
• 11:50 a.m.: John Schnibben, co-owner of Alibi's Pub & Restaurant, "Buffalo Wings" by Aaron Reynolds
• 12:10 p.m.: Jim Burgess, principal of Bellaire Elementary School, "Officer Buckle and Gloria" by Peggy Rathmann
• 12:30 p.m.: Carlisle Mayor Kirk Wilson, "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff
• 12:50 p.m.: Dinorific Poetry authors Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli will read from their own selection of writings
• 1:10 p.m.: Valerie Pritchett, ABC27 news anchor, "Green Eggs & Ham" by Dr. Seuss
• 1:40 p.m.: Jim Washington, director of Hope Station, "Duck, Duck, Goose!" by Karen Beaumont
• 2 p.m.: Pat Craig, owner of Pat Craig Studios, "The Emperor's Cool Clothes" by Lee Harper
• 2:20 p.m., Ruth Hodge, state archivist and historian, not yet chosen
• 2:40 p.m.: Marcey Whiteside, former Upper Allen Elementary School principal, not yet chosen
• 3 p.m.: Barb Cross, Cumberland County commissioner, not yet chosen
• 3:20 p.m.: John Graham, author of "No Sweets for Santa," will read from his book