The Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) and Aaron’s Books of Lititz are teaming up to present Lititz Alive: A Literature Festival for Kids & Teens on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Lititz Elementary School in Lititz, PA. Children and youth from kindergarten through twelfth grade from across the region can hear and interact with award-winning, acclaimed authors and illustrators, including featured author Gordon Korman. The event is free for kids and teens when they register by October 30.
Created in 2009 by Aaron’s Books, the literature festival brings young readers together with national authors and illustrators. This year, for the first time, the Warwick Education Foundation will partner with Aaron’s Books to present the festival, allowing it to grow in size, scope, and ultimately youth participation.
“We are pleased to partner with the Warwick Education Foundation” said Todd Dickinson, owner of Aaron’s Books and event founder. “The event puts authors and young readers together in a way that is unique in Lancaster County. This year, with the support of WEF, the festival will be even bigger. With such a great group of well-known authors coming to Lititz, it will be exciting.”
Kurt Gardner, WEF Board member and festival chair added, “The literature festival is a perfect fit with the WEF’s mission to engage, enrich, and empower students with education. By bringing accomplished authors and illustrators to Lititz, we want to inspire and cultivate a love of reading in young people in a fun and inviting atmosphere.”
Author presentations, workshops, book signings, story times, costumed book characters, a coffee house, student gallery, and tasty food will be part of the festival. Activities take place at Lititz Elementary School, 20 South Cedar St., in downtown Lititz on November 14, and at additional area venues.
As a celebration of WEF’s contributions surpassing the $1 million mark for student education in the Warwick School District, the WEF is offering free admission to students (kindergarten through 12th grade) from throughout the region who register in advance.
Award-winning author, Gordon Korman, is the festival’s featured author for 2015. Korman wrote his first book when he was just fourteen years old. Since then, he has written over 55 popular young adult and middle grade novels, including the New York Times-bestselling Swindle, Masterminds, Ungifted, 39 Clues: One False Note, and Schooled, as well as the popular Everest, Island, and Titanic series.
Additional attending authors and illustrators and their writing genre include:
- Children’s Books (ages 3-6): Ame Dyckman
- Early Elementary: Betsy Lewin
- Older Elementary: Matt London, David Potter, Mark Tatulli, Courtney Sheinmel
- Middle School: Corey Ann Haydu, Bianca Turetsky
- Teens: A. S. King, Alyssa Sheinmel
2015 presenting sponsors for the festival are Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, Jason A. Vigunas Charitable Fund. The festival’s platinum sponsor is Lititz Reserve, LLC.
The Warwick Education Foundation has been enriching and enhancing the education of Warwick students since 1997 with innovative learning programs, experts in residence, and computer technology above and beyond the regular curriculum. WEF provides unique educational opportunities over and above those available through traditional sources of school revenue.
Aaron’s Books is Lancaster County’s community bookstore. Family-owned and operated, it is located on 35 East Main Street, Lititz, PA.
Lititz Alive: A Literature Festival for Kids & Teens takes place Saturday, November 14, 2015. The cost is free for all kids & teens (kindergarten through 12th grade) who register by October 30. Adult tickets are $5 each. Under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. After October 30, the price for kids & teens is $3.00 per person. View the complete festival schedule, register, and purchase tickets at Aaron’s Books, 35 East Main St., Lititz, or online at www.lititzalive.org.
Well-known children’s and teen authors, including featured author Gordan Korman, are slated to participate in Lititz Alive: A Literature Festival for Kids & Teens. Kurt Gardner, festival chair for the Warwick Education Foundation, left, and Todd Dickinson, event founder and owner of Aaron’s Books are surrounded by a display of stories written by participating authors. The community is invited to attend the literature festival on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Lititz Elementary School, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free to students (kindergarten through 12th grade) from throughout the region who register by October 30. Visit www.lititzalive.org for information and tickets.