EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ –The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation celebrates national Read Across America Week by hosting a special author visit with Marc Brown, the creator of the best-selling Arthur book series, at the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) on Thursday, March 1 at 4:30 pm.

“We’re thrilled to have an author of this caliber visit the East Brunswick Public Library,” said Tracy L. Fink, East Brunswick Public Library Foundation President. “My kids grew up with Marc Brown’s books.  He inspired them, and millions of other children, to connect with characters who they could relate to.” 

Brown is one of the most prominent names in children’s literature. He has entertained generations of young readers with his relatable stories featuring Arthur the Aardvark, selling over 65 million copies of his Arthur books. Arthur is also a successful children’s television series on PBS, winning six Emmy Awards and receiving a total of 17 nominations.

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In recent years, Brown has illustrated such award-winning and critically acclaimed picture books as Wild About Books, Born to Read, ZooZical!, and Wild about You! His latest book, In New York, introduces children to the city he calls home.

This free program is geared toward preschool and elementary school students but is open to readers and fans of all ages. Brown will be discussing his books and Arthur. Following the program, there will be a book signing. A bookseller will be on hand to sell a variety of books from the Arthur series.

To coincide with the program, East Brunswick Public Library is having a contest for children. Any child who completes the library’s Winter Reading Challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a signed book from Brown on the day of the event. To sign up for the reading challenge, visit the Children’s Services desk at the library.

This author visit is sponsored by the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation. The Foundation, a 501c3, was established in 2009 to insure that the library will continue to connect people with ideas, information, technology, resources, and each other in ways that enrich their lives and help them to realize their dreams. The Foundation mobilizes private support to enhance innovative programs and services while helping the library remain vibrant and responsive in an ever-changing world.

To learn more about the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation, visit www.ebplfoundation.org. For more information about upcoming East Brunswick Public Library events, visit www.ebpl.org.

Want to do a little more reading about Arthur and his friends Binky, Buster, Francine, and "The Brain?"

Don't forget his great dog Pal, and, oh yeah, his kid sister D.W.  She'll never let you forget it if you do!