HAWTHORNE, NJ - Local author Veronica Ditko will be appearing at some Hawthorne events, showcasing her children's book, "A Rock Solid History of Hawthorne."  Ditko said her book "explores the history of Hawthorne, NJ through rocks and inspires school-aged youngsters to look at their surroundings, learn from what they can touch and see, and search for more. The book runs through Prehistoric times to present day in Hawthorne with compelling language, photos, and go-get-‘em encouragement. Children will not even realize they are absorbing history and learning some earth science along the way."

Parents can order a copy through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Bookends in Ridgewood, and The Curious Reader in Glen Rock.  She will be attending the Hawthorne Farmer’s Market and Classic Car Show, 345 Lafayette Ave, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18.  She will also be attending the "Green Fair" at the Hawthorne Farmers Market, 345 Lafayette Ave, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 8.  The third venue on her schedule will be setting up with the Hawthorne Historical Society at Hawthorne Day from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21.

At each event, the first 100 children to visit Hawthorne's local geology author will get a free "You Rock!" stamped pencil and she will have crafts children can be involved with, as well as check out some fossils sourced from the area.

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"Veronica has written many articles of local interest in New Jersey and worked for newspapers in Massachusetts and NJ, as well as mainstream, business and trade magazines," a statement read.  "She is the face behind the longtime 'An Accidental Anthropologist' blog and recently won a research grant from the Archaeological Society of New Jersey (ASNJ)."  More information about Veronica Ditko can be had through her website, www.authorditko.com. She is also available for interviews, book talks, presentations and signings.

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