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"Freddie and Gingersnap" Puppet Show with Vincent Kirsch

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:00pm

Meet author-illustrator Vincent X. Kirsch and the stars of his new book Freddie and Gingersnap at a special Fractured Fables puppet show. Vincent will introduce this fun dragon-and-dinosaur duo using a delightful top-hat theater.

Freddie is a little dinosaur who wants more than anything to know what clouds are like. Gingersnap is a little dragon who wishes more than anything to fly. When Gingersnap in a failed first attempt at flight falls right on top of Freddie, the two glare at each other. Then they growl and hiss. But when their individual howls and stomps find a common rhythm, their attempts at aggression transform into a dance of friendship and brings each of them that much closer to realizing their dreams.

Vincent X. Kirsch is an illustrator, designer, toymaker, and writer. His work includes designing and illustrating book jackets, illustration for the New York Times Book Review and its Op-Ed pages, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Kirsch was also a window designer at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue, and often art directed the interior of the store along with the windows. He is the author of Natalie & Naughtily, Two Little Boys from Toolittle Toys, and most recently Forsythia & Me. For more information, visit


Freddie & Gingersnap Cover Image
ISBN: 9781423159582
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 14th, 2014

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Noah Webster and His Words Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547390550
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 23rd, 2012

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The Chandeliers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374398989
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 7th, 2012

Two Little Boys from Toolittle Toys Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781599904283
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 3rd, 2010

Natalie & Naughtily Cover Image
ISBN: 9781599902692
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 16th, 2008

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ISBN: 9780374324384
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 4th, 2011

"Fashion Designer's Handbook" Crafting Event with Marjorie Galen

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Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 2:30pm

Attention young aspiring fashion designers! Create your own mini dream outfit at a fashion craft event with crafter and fashionista Marjorie Galen, author of The Fashion Designer's Handbook. Patterns, fabrics and supplies will be provided. Just bring your creativity!

Marjorie Galen gives kids ages 8 to 12 years the tools to create and sew fashion-forward clothes that express their individuality.

Marjorie is an experienced craft-book author, writer and instructor who starts with the basics, teaching readers about sketching, stitches, fabrics, sewing tools, where to get inspiration, and more!

Marjorie Galen is the author of Summer Crafts: Fun and Creative Summer Projects for the Whole Family, which was nominated for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award in 2006. She’s contributed to magazines including Country Living and Martha Stewart Living, and written quilting patterns and books with quilter Denyse Schmidt. She lives in Palisades, New York, with her two children.

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The Fashion Designer's Handbook: Learn to Sew and Become a Designer in 33 Fabulous Projects [With 1 Dress Form, 3 Decorative Fabrics, Rick Rack and 24 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761154792
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 25th, 2012

Young girls love fashion. They love "Project Runway." They love expressing themselves through what they wear. And they want to be fashion designers. It's the No. 1 dream job for girls ages 8 to 12, according to "The New York Times." Here in one kit is everything a girl needs to know to start designing and sewing clothes--a lively, full-color book that comes with a doll-size dress form, 24 reusable patterns, rick rack, embroidery thread, a tape measure, and a piece of fabric printed in three vibrant patterns."The Fashion Designer's Handbook and Fashion Kit "features 33 projects that range from super easy dresses for 11 1⁄2-inch fashion dolls (including Barbie) all the way to "girl-size" projects for the designer to make and wear herself. It shows how to think and work like a designer--from finding inspiration to sketching to developing a personal style. Getting to know fabrics, fibers, and materials; working with patterns; and creating original designs using the dress form.The Mod Mini 1-2-3 Skirt. The No-Sew Sock Dress. Little Red Cape and Coco Jacket. Every project is clearly explained in step-by-step instructions and requires little to no adult help.

"Big Snow" Puppet Show with Jonathan Bean

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Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 1:00pm


Get ready for the wonder of winter with author-illustrator Jonathan Bean at a special puppet show and storytime reading of his children's book Big Snow.

While “helping” his mother with holiday housecleaning, a boy keeps a watchful eye on the progress of a winter storm. He’s hoping for a big snow. A REALLY big snow. Inside, he is underfoot, turning sheet-changing and tub-scrubbing into imaginary whiteouts. But over the course of a long day (for Mom) the clouds seem slow on delivering a serious snowfall. Then comes a dreamy naptime adventure, marking just the beginning of high hopes coming true.
Jonathan Bean grew up in Pennsylvania where he enjoyed, among many things, hiking, bird watching, and drawing the landscape. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College he moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children's literature when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, he's worked for numerous publishers and his illustrations and writing have received widespread recognition. Jonathan currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Big Snow Cover Image
By Jonathan Bean, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374306960
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 24th, 2013

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Building Our House Cover Image
By Jonathan Bean, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374380236
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - January 8th, 2013

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By Lynne Jonell, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312384609
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Published: Square Fish - September 2nd, 2008

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By Lynne Jonell, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805091830
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 5th, 2011