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February 2015

Deanna F. Cook at the South Hadley Library

February 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
South Hadley Public Library,
2 Canal St., South Hadley, MA 01075 United States
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Join the tasty celebration! Love to cook? Love to read? Here is an event for you and your children! Join us down at the new South Hadley Public Library for an afternoon of chocolatey fun! Cookbook author Deanna F. Cook will be leading children in a cooking activity with her masterful and delicious chocolate dipping! Kids will love making (and eating) these tasty treats. Deanna will be signing her new book, Cooking Class, which will be on sale at the…

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$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission extra

CactusHead Puppets Presents The Pied Piper of Hamelin

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there’s only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets bring the story of the Pied Piper to life with a cast of colorful characters in this comedic adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin also teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. In the end, the townspeople all come together in celebration. Join puppeteers John and…

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Toga Party based on Rick Riordan’s books at the Needham Free Public Library

February 20 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library,
1139 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494 United States
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The party will be based on the children’s novels by Rick Riordan (eg. Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus series). Children are encouraged to come wearing a toga or costumed as their favorite character – human or otherwise. The party will feature blue foods, a trivia contest, activities based on the books and a craft. No registration is required for this free event, just drop-in. Ages 8-12.

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Lynda Mullaly Hunt at The Blue Bunny

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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Join The Blue Bunny on February 21 for a book signing with award-winning middle-grade author Lynda Mullaly Hunt, who will be reading from and signing her new book Fish in a Tree. Mullaly Hunt is the author of the award-winning novel One for the Murphys, and is already getting accolades from the literary and educational communities for this new book. Using the tagline “Great Minds Don’t Think Alike” the book tells the story of a young girl who makes trouble…

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RESCHEDULED TO FEB. 28 Children’s book publishing panel with Irene Smalls and Roger Sutton

February 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Boston Public Library, Dudley Branch,
65 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119 United States
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Want to publish a children’s book? Come listen to a panel of children’s book experts. The panel of published authors, illustrators, and book reviewer Roger Sutton will answer your questions and give you tips on how to get published. Learn the mechanics of submitting your work and the business of children’s book publishing. These award-winning authors and illustrators will share their experiences with YOU! Come network and mingle with your fellow writers. Supported by a Grant from the Fellowes Athenaeum…

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Mike Lupica at the Burlington Barnes & Noble

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Burlington Barnes & Noble,
98 Middlesex Parkway, Burlington, MA 01803 United States
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Join the Burlington Barnes & Noble for a discussion and signing with New York Times–bestselling author Mike Lupica about his new book The Only Game.

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Read Across America Day

February 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mark Your Calendars! Read Across America Day is March 2, 2015 Oh, the Places You’ll Go when you read! March 2, 2015 is NEA’s Read Across America Day and this year, the book is the Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You’ll Go.  To make your event Seussational, go to Plan a Reading Event for Read Across America for tips and ideas to plan your own event. Be sure to follow Read Across America on Facebook and Twitter with #readacrossamerica. About NEA’s Read Across America The National Education…

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Jennie Wood at Boston Public Library’s Brighton Branch

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Boston Public Library, Brighton Branch,
40 Academy Hill Rd., Brighton, MA 02135 United States
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The Friends of the Brighton Branch Library are instituting a Graphic Novels & Speaker Series for 2015. The speaker series is free. All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held in the community room of the Brighton Branch Library. The first speaker in this series will be Jennie Wood, the creator and writer of Flutter, a graphic novel series. Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait, the first graphic novel in the series is available on 215 Ink. The Advocate…

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$110/members; $130/nonmembers

“YA Novel Workout” workshop at Grub Street

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
GrubStreet,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Do you have a full or partial draft of a YA novel? Are you ready to give yourself a rigorous YA novel workout? In this full-day intensive workshop, you’ll tackle exercises, take up your new tools and skills, and employ techniques and strategies for planning, shaping, and revising your work in progress. By the end of this class, you can expect to have a better grasp of your novel and a clear direction for your path going forward — whether…

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Matt Tavares at Porter Square Books

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books,
25 White St., Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares’s Growing Up Pedro, the story of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martínez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star. Before Pedro Martínez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. Pedro loved baseball…

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