Meet renowned authors, mingle with fellow book lovers and spend the day exploring the world of literature at our first Burlington County Book Festival set for Saturday, June 3 from 11 am to 4 pm!
Hosted by BCLS with support from the BCLS Foundation, this exciting event will be held inside the Burlington County Library and on library grounds. Have fun discovering new books and authors, and get inspired while celebrating reading, literacy and the creative mind.
During the festival, BCLS will present dozens of notable authors ready to discuss, autograph and sell their work. Books for adults, young adults and children will be featured, and a wide variety of genres will be showcased, including mystery, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, nonfiction and more. Visitors will be invited to browse and purchase book-related merchandise created by local authors, artists and vendors. The Friends of the Burlington County Library will also be hosting a pop-up book sale.
Throughout the day, enjoy games, crafts and fun activities for all ages, including Doug Wonder’s spectacular I See Magic show at 11 am and a Book Trivia competition at 3 pm. The Burlington County Book Festival will also feature presentations by a selection of our distinguished authors:
- 11:30 am – Larry Hanover, co-author of the Holocaust memoir Rebuilt from Broken Glass, in the auditorium
- 12:30 pm – Pulitzer Prize and Pushcart Prize nominee Faleeha Hassan, who has published 16 collections of poetry in Arabic that have been translated into more than 10 languages, in the meeting room.
- 1 pm – Rann Miller, freelance writer, former teacher and author of Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids, offering the keynote presentation in the auditorium
- 1:15 pm – Rosemary Benson, E.J. Copperman, Tina Gabrielle and Jane Kelly participating in an author panel in the meeting room
- 1:30 pm – Jay Cooper, illustrator and/or writer of more than 20 books for kids and contributor to the New York Times bestselling series The Last Kids on Earth, in the Youth Services area
- 2:00 pm - Meet with Fairy Tale Princess, Belle and Superhero Spider-Man
- 2:30 pm – Davon Loeb, author of the memoir The In-Betweens in the meeting room
- 3 pm – Ronnette Smith-Powell, founder of the New Jersey-based puppet company Nettie, Nana and Friends in the auditorium
We will also be host to local/statewide organizations that serve the special needs of our community. The New Jersey State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Center and Literacy NJ will be here to answer questions about their respective services.
Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for an amazing day at the library. Sponsored by the BCLS Foundation, Holman, PSEG, and TD Bank.