Friday, September 18, 2015
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center

Lit-Fest 2015

A celebration of books for children and young adults featuring discussion groups, workshops, and special guest speakers Kevin Henkes and Adele Griffin. Books will be available for purchase and signing throughout the day.

Registration and Fees

Registration for this event is required; on-site registration is discouraged.

Adelphi Students and Faculty: $40
All other attendees: $80
Includes continental breakfast and luncheon.

Please download the brochure and registration form and mail, along with your registration fee, to:

Renee McGrath
Manager of Youth Services
Nassau Library System
900 Jerusalem Avenue
Uniondale, NY 11553

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Guest Speaker: Kevin Henkes
10:30 a.m. First Session Discussion Groups and Workshop
11:45 a.m.  Second Session Discussion Groups and Workshop
1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Guest Speaker: Adele Griffin
3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Autographing/Book Pick-Up

Book Discussion Groups and Workshops

The book discussion groups and workshop will be offered in each session (10:30 and 11:45). Participants select one book discussion and 1 workshop or 2 book discussions.

To ensure a rewarding exchange of ideas, participants are asked to read all of the selected titles for their chosen book discussions.

Group 1: Celebrating Keven Henkes
Rita Auerbach, Manorhaven School (Retired)

Selected Titles:

  • A Good Day
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon
  • Lilly’s Big Day
  • Owen
  • Penny and Her Marble
  • Wemberly Worried

Group 2: Home
Randall Enos, Ramapo Catskill Library System

Selected Titles:

  • Home by Carson Ellis
  • Dreaming Up by Christy Hale
  • Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
  • Look Where We Live! by Scot Ritchie
  • If You Lived Here by Giles Laroche

Group 3: Guys Read!
Keith Klang, Port Washington Public Library

Selected Titles:

  • The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
  • Maps and Geography by Ken Jennings
  • Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy
  • The Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes

Group 4: Girls Read!
Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library

Selected Titles:

  • The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  • Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
  • Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Group 5: Heroes with Special Needs
Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library

Selected Titles:

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Group 6: What’s the Real Story?
Maureen Glueckert, Island Park Public Library

Selected Titles:

  • Chime by Franny Billingsley
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  • Tighter by Adele Griffin
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Group 7: A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words: Hybrid Novels and the Art of Visual Writing
Sharon Long, Syosset Public Library
Jennifer Marino, Rockville Centre Public Library

Selected Titles:

  • Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Safekeeping by Karen Hesse
  • The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
  • Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman

Workshop: Book Buzz with Random House Children’s Books
Come hear about the must-have Fall ‘15 and Spring ‘16 books from Random House Children’s Books. They’ll cover titles from Picture Books to YA and everything in between. Learn what your favorite authors and illustrators will be publishing!

Featured Guest Speakers

kevin-henkesKevin Henkes
Kevin Henkes grew up loving books and loving to draw and paint. In pursuing his career, he went on to become both an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books and middle grade fiction. Some of his most famous books include Owen, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Penny series, Kitten’s First Full Moon, Olive’s Ocean, & The Year of Billy Miller. His impressive career includes, among many other honors and awards, the Caldecott Medal, two Newbery Honors and the prestigious May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award.

adele-griffinAdele Griffin
Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and highly acclaimed author of numerous books for young adult and middle grade readers. Her works include the popular Witch Twins and Vampire Island series, Where I Want to Be, Loud Awake and Lost, Tighter, and her latest, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, which tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won’t let her go.


Nassau Library System gratefully acknowledges the support of Adelphi University, the Children’s Services Division of the Nassau County Library Association and the Long Island School Media Association.