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Friday, October 12
 

4:30pm

A Man & His Dog: A Couple of Heroes
Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. During his intelligence work in Afghanistan, Grossi found and befriended (and smuggled into his camp) a unique stray dog who “looks like a ‘Fred.’” And, when Grossi returned home to Virginia, a support team made it possible for Fred to be right at Grossi’s side during his transition back to civilian life, and then his battle with PTSD. Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other is a memoir of two heroes. Currently, Craig & Fred tour the country sharing their incredible uplifting story. Sponsored by the Friends of the Burke Centre Library.

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Craig Grossi

Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. After returning from Afghanistan, he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended Georgetown University. When not travelling with Fred, he works intensively with veteran organizations... Read More →



 
Saturday, October 13
 

10:30am

Laugh It Up Story Hour
Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with laughter during the Story Hour with Fairfax Librarians! Parents and preschoolers are invited to share some laughs and some dance moves during storytime which will feature dance, movement, and humorous stories! Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:30am

Hey, Hey, Hay! Let’s Make a Scarecrow
Make your own scarecrow Halloween decoration with Christy Mihaly, author of the picture book Hey, Hey, Hay! A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them. Beautifully illustrated by Joe Cepeda, Hey, Hey, Hay! is a rhyming book that features a farm girl and her mother making hay. Observing the poetry and magic of the haymaking process – “storing summer in a bale” – inspired the author to bring this story to kids. After a read-aloud, Mihaly will offer a brief question and answer session about haymaking, writing, reading, and other topics that kids are interested in. Finally, kids will stuff a small scarecrow. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Christy Mihaly

Christy Mihaly's 2018 books include a YA nonfiction work, Diet for a Changing Climate: Food for Thought, to be published in September by Lerner/TFCB; and the Holiday House picture book Hey, Hey, Hay! A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them. Beautifully illustrated by Joe Cepeda... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:30pm

Stick Out Your Tongues!
Make your own frog mask with Maria Gianferrari, author of Terrific Tongues! This whimsical picture book uses vivid, colorful artwork to highlight the fascinating ways different animals—from a woodpecker, to a snake, to a bat—use their tongues. It’s a straw, it’s a mop, it’s a sword—it’s all of those things, and more! Whose tongues can lick, taste, blow bubbles, whistle, and talk? People’s tongues, of course! After the reading there will be a STEM frog mask craft for the kids using cardstock,  crayons, and party blowers. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatchingresident of Leesburg and author of the Penny & Jelly books, Coyote Moon (an ALA NotableBook and Junior Library Guild Selection), Officer Katz and Houndini and Hello Goodbye Dog.Her newest titles... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

Create A Fractured Fairy Tale with Sue Fliess
Learn about being a writer, and then become one with Mary Had a Little Lab author Sue Fliess as she leads a hands-on fractured fairy tale workshop where the kids create a fairy tale mash-up. In Mary Had a Little Lab, Mary wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy. So she invents one with the Sheepinator! Mary’s pet sheep and her new invention make her popular with her classmates. But when she starts making sheep for her new friends, things go hilariously awry. Can Mary invent a way to fix this mess? Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Sue Fliess

Sue Fliess ("fleece") is the author of more than 20 children's books including Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins, Mary Had a Little Lab, We Wish For a Monster Christmas, From Here to There, A Fairy Friend, and many Little Golden Books, including the bestselling Robots, Robots Everywhere... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:30pm

A Paintbrush for Paco: Learning Colors in Spanish
Learn Spanish while you paint with Tracey Kyle, author of A Paintbrush for Paco. This lively picture book explores the importance of seeking out our creative side all while helping us learn a few Spanish words. In this inspirational story, Paco loves daydreaming and drawing, but he struggles to concentrate during class. When his profesor takes him to the art room, Paco is amazed by the colorful paints: pink, rosado; purple, morado; fiery orange, anaranjado; and more! Could art be just what Paco needs? Sprinkled with Spanish words and complete with an author's note and glossary, this book is a great introduction to Spanish with a strong message about the power of art! After the reading, kids will work on learning the colors by doing a color-by-number activity in Spanish. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Tracey Kyle

Tracey Kyle grew up in New Jersey and spent much of her childhood reading and writing poems. After seeing the boy band Menudo perform on a Latino TV station in middle school, she decided to learn Spanish fluently. Eventually she studied in Madrid, Spain and wrote her first bilingual... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

Absolutely A-MAZE-ING!
Watch Joe Wos, cartoonist and creator of A-MAZE-ING mazes, bring his stories to life as he illustrates characters and integrates them into the mazes! In A-MAZING Animals, there are 50 colorfully illustrated mazes that feature fully solvable characters, cartoon elements, and imaginative creatures that figure prominently along every start-to-finish path. Besides navigating the usual twists and turns of a traditional maze path, puzzle-solvers will have to navigate through crazy cartoon features, like a dinosaur's mouth, a bat's wings, a vulture's beak, a frog's tongue, and more. There are dozens of dead ends, illusions, twists and turns that increase with the difficulty level. It's not just thoroughly entertaining... it's absolutely A-MAZE-ING! Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Joe Wos

Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 30 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.Some highlights include spending 25 years touring... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle
Learn how eagles use their beaks in a fun, hands on activity with Deborah Lee Rose, author of Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle. Beauty, the wild bald eagle, made world news when she was illegally shot, rescued, and finally saved with a pioneering, 3D-printed prosthetic beak. Beauty and the Beak follows Beauty close up from the moment she uses her baby beak to emerge from her egg, through her hunt when she uses her powerful adult beak to feed herself. This uplifting story continues through her rescue after being shot, and her rehabilitation with her new 3D-printed beak. Every participant gets to handle a 3D-printed, life-size replica of Beauty's prosthetic beak and compare their human arm span to a bald eagle's wingspan. Sponsored by City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Deborah Lee Rose

Deborah Lee Rose is the author of the new, award-winning book Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, and 14 other children's books. Beauty and the Beak, coauthored with the woman scientist who led the eagle beak engineering team... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030