Saturday, March 12, 2011

Festival of the Book

VDM has tons of FotB fun for your family!

The Cat in the Hat
Tuesday, March 15 - Sunday, March 20
Wednesday, March 16 at 3:30 is a special program with Bly Brown
For all ages with adult

WVPT is bringing the fabulous Cat in the Hat to Hooville for a visit during the Virginia Festival of the Book. Starting Tuesday, March 15 and continuing all week long, the Virginia Discovery Museum will feature Cat in the Hat activities and crafts! The highlight of the week is sure to be a fun storytime with Bly Brown, followed by some crafts, on Wednesday, March 16th at 3:30pm. The Cat in the Hat will also visit the Downtown Mall on Saturday, March 19th, at 9:30 am. Children and parents will merrily parade with the Cat in the Hat to the Paramount Theater where, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, on the giant screen, two episodes of the new PBS series, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, will be shown. Come out and be a part of the fun!

Kaleela Thompson Presents
Oh Where, Oh Where is My Swallowtail?
Friday, March 18th
For all ages with adult

Young author Kaleela Thompson visits VDM to share her new book. Come and enjoy a short presentation on butterflies while you hear Kaleela's story!

Mara Rockliff's The Busiest Street in Town
Saturday, March 19th
Recommended for ages 5-8, but all ages welcome with adult

Children's author Mara Rockliff comes to VDM to share a new book with us! Her picture book called The Busiest Street in Town is perfect for the Downtown Mall, as it's all about turning a street full of traffic into a place where neighbors meet and children play. She will do an interactive storytime with props, followed by a fun craft activity for the kids.

Owls and snakes and possums…oh, my!
Saturday, March 19th
For all ages with adult

Get “wild” with WHTJ PBS and the Virginia Discovery Museum as they play host to some of Virginia’s feathered and furry friends as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, an annual event produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The Wildlife Center of Virginia will be on hand to explain our role in wildlife conservation and environmental protection. The enlightening program includes up-close encounters with live, non-releasable wild animals, who have been given a new lease on life thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers at the Wildlife Center. The first 200 children receive a free wildlife-themed book.

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