The Gaithersburg Book Festival, a celebration of books, writers, illustrators, and literary excellence, will hold its 8th annual festival on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall (31 So. Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, Maryland) on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Gaithersburg, Maryland, was named the most diverse city in the United States, and our festival honors and celebrates diversity in literature.
As a lifelong lover of literature, a mother of four children, and now as an elementary school librarian, I’ve been an avid reader of children’s books for many years, delighting in both the words and the illustrations. Several years ago I was thrilled to discover the Gaithersburg Book Festival in its inaugural year. I began volunteering in its second year and eventually was invited to join the core planning team two years ago. I am the coordinator of teen’s and children’s workshops, and am so pleased to share our wonderful festival with readers of all ages in Gaithersburg and beyond!
The Gaithersburg Book Festival (affectionately known by the committee as GBF) boasts:
Locally and nationally known featured authors in adult, young adult, and children’s literature
- Writers workshops for adults, teens, and children
- Children’s Village which includes all day hands-on activities and entertainment for families (in addition to the featured authors/ illustrators, and workshops listed in the above bullets)
- Extensive and varied list of exhibitors and vendors
- Brew & Vine Cafe & Singer-Songwriter Stage
There is “literally” something for everyone at the Gaithersburg Book Festival! As an elementary school librarian, I am pleased to share with our community of readers that Brian Biggs, Fred Bowen, Doreen Cronin, Jen Swann Downey, Brian Floca, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Maria Gianferrari, Debbie Levy, Tom Lichtenheld, Juana Medina, Kate Messner, Dave Roman, Leila Sales, Chris Van Dusen, and Salina Yoon are among the KidLit authors and illustrators presenting at our festival. Amalie Howard, Brigid Kemmerer, Christine Kendall, Michelle
Knudsen, Kimberly McCreight, Meg Medina, Erin Teagan, Booki Vivat, and Carol Weston are among the teen and YA authors presenting at our festival. There is a fantastic line up of adult featured authors, too! Information about each featured author or illustrator, and a link to each presenter’s website is included on the GBF featured presenters’ pages, and I have also hyperlinked within this article outstanding interviews and book reviews from All the Wonders website and author commentaries and book reviews from Nerdy Book Club blog.
Led by our author presenters (Fred Bowen, Dave Roman, Alexis Frederick-Frost), writing specialists, illustrators (Elise Gravel, Timothy Young), and other trained professionals, our writers workshops include topics such as creating characters and sketchbooks, sports journaling, comic stories, writing fiction, and writing college essays. Encourage your children to stop into the workshops tent and let their creativity flow!
As you can see, GBF offers a wonderful world of family activities in the Children’s Village – we hope to see you strolling through the grounds of the Gaithersburg City Hall, peeking into each tent, and soaking up all of the wonderful experiences the festival has to offer book lovers of all ages!
About the Festival:
In its 8th year, the Gaithersburg Book Festival was originally conceived and introduced by (then City Council member and now Gaithersburg Mayor) Jud Ashman with the support of the mayor and City Council, and the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. GBF is produced by a core committee comprised of city staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and talent. For more information about the Gaithersburg Book Festival, please visit www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org
Melissa A. McDonald, MLS, is a School Library Media Specialist with Montgomery County Public Schools and Children’s and Teen’s Workshops Coordinator for the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Melissa writes the blog The Creative Librarian – Adventures in School Librarianship. She is also a proud mom, animal lover, avid reader, and volunteer extraordinaire who lives in Maryland. Follow her on Twitter @Cre8tiveLib !