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Release: Sept. 13, 1999

UI to host 31st annual Festival of Books for Young People

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Librarians, teachers and others who are interested in children's literature are invited to the University of Iowa Saturday, Oct. 30 for the 31st Annual Festival of Books for Young People. This year's theme is "Reading for the Fun of It." The one-day event is sponsored by the UI School of Library & Information Science and will be held at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The festival provides librarians, school media specialists and teachers the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators of children's books, along with being able to view a large book display and participate in book discussion sessions.

Three guest authors will attend this year's festival: Tim Egan, author and illustrator of "Metropolitan Cow" and "Burnt Toast on Davenport Street;" Todd Strasser, author of the series books "Help! I'm Trapped in My Teacher's Body," "…in My Sister's Body," "…in an Alien's Body;" and Carol Lynch Williams, whose books include "If I Forget, You Remember" and "My Angelica."

"When young people find that books can make them laugh, cry or giggle, and can make them want to share what they've read with others, they are likely to become real readers," said Jean Donham, associate professor of library and information science and coordinator of the festival.

The registration fee is $50 (lunch included) or $42 (program only). For registration information, contact the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-4141 or 1-800-551-9092.