Longtime library benefactors (from left) Susan D. and Glenn P. Dickes were principal sponsors of the Warwick Children’s Book Festival held on Sat., Oct. 12 on Railroad Ave. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lisa Rice

More than 70 children’s authors from the Tri-State area and beyond turned out for the annual Warwick Children’s Book Festival on Sat., Oct. 12 on Railroad Ave. in Warwick. The authors were stationed under a large tent on the street, which was closed to traffic, and children were able to talk to authors and illustrators, purchase books and have the books autographed.

“It is another great day in Warwick,” said longtime library benefactors and event sponsors Glenn P. and Susan D. Dickes. “Judy Pederson and Lisa Laico have created an eagerly anticipated annual event promoting children’s literacy and providing a great opportunity for family fun.”

Several activities were available for the children on the Railroad Green including face painting and crafts where they could make their own bookmarks. A group of teen volunteers enacted Sign Language Story Time, where they read and signed two children’s books, After the Fall by Dan Santat and If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff in American Sign Language.

Following Sign Language Story Time, The Uncle Brothers Band gave a concert on the Green. Children were also given the opportunity to sign up to read to certified therapy dogs, Branson and Coalby.

To everyone’s surprise, there was an unexpected early arrival of the Headless Horseman, quickly becoming a favorite Warwick Halloween happening. The Headless Horseman arrived on trusty steed, Eagle, and the duo were accompanied by miniature pony, Bear. The trip hailed from Corinthian Equestrian Center on Foley Rd. in Warwick.

The Warwick Children’s Book Festival is an annual event presented by the Albert Wisner Public Library. It is sponsored by Glenn P. and Susan D. Dickes, generous and longtime benefactors of the Library, and the Village of Warwick, with additional support from the Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market and ShopRite of Warwick.

The Children’s Book Festival, which originally began in 2005, is an effort to promote children’s literacy and education. The event is presented by the Albert Wisner Public Library, and sponsored by Glenn P. and Susan D. Dickes. Support for the event is also generously provided by the Village of Warwick, WVT Communications, Bellvale Farms Creamery, Pennings Farm, ShopRite of Warwick, and the Warwick Farmers Market and is facilitated in conjunction with Best Book Fairs LLC.

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