Fellows Riverside Gardens hosted the Children’s Book Festival April 27.
For its seventh year, every child who attended the book festival received a free paperback book of their choice from one of the authors present at the festival.
The festival offered story tellers, story times from people throughout the community, such as Youngstown State University president Cynthia Anderson, puppet shows, author visits and book signing, a YSU fossil dig and sediment wash, a visit from PBS’ Sid the Science Kid and more.
Many local businesses and organizations set up tables and displays for the children, as well, including Altrusa Club of Youngstown, Audubon of Mahoning Valley, Child Care Connection, The Vindicator, OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science and Technology and more.
“This is a free interactive family event that focuses on literature,” said Patty Zitello. “It is so important to get families involved in children’s literature and to help parents make that connection. We strive to encourage creativity and to push children to use their imaginations more. Not only does this event promote literacy, but it also shows what all the local organizations that attend our event have to offer.”
In addition to literary events, the book festival also had games, crafts, art and opportunities to explore the gardens.