Children's Festival of Reading

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Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

What do Superman, Curious George, Lunch Lady, and dinosaurs have in common? Knoxville and May 18. This year's Children’s Festival of Reading promises to be epic -- Titanic even. As one of the country's oldest and largest literary festivals just for children, the event has gained a reputation as being an important stop for children's authors and illustrators.

It all takes place on Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in World's Fair Park at the 9th annual kick off celebration for Knox County Public Library's summer reading programs. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in UT's 11th Street Garage as well as in the city lots downtown including Locust Street Garage, Market Square Garage and State Street Garage.

The Children's Festival of Reading celebrates the literary arts with six performance stages, a Parade of Books, arts and crafts, book sales, 50 community booths, food, music, storytelling, and tons of fun. Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for a summer of reading in one of the Library's summer programs.

Experiments in Science Village: Partnering with the L&N Stem Academy students, the Science Village hosts "Mr. Bond, The Science Guy" as he demonstrates jaw-dropping, mind-bending, awe-inspiring experiments in front of your very eyes!  Robots Alive! will feature L&N Stem Academy students as they explain their robotic adventures. The UN-science Fair is where L&N Stem Academy students will show off their passion, enthusiasm, and know-how in experiments of their own.

NEW THIS YEAR: Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen brings all kinds of bouncing fun to the subject of childhood health and wellness. Good health for kids doesn't have to be all carrots and no cake. Drop by Kids in the Kitchen for everything from gardening to dance parties, and cooking demonstrations to karate. Families can learn how to live a balanced, healthy, and tasty life. Sponsored by Publix.

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