Monday, August 25, 2008

Waverly BookFest 2008

It’s a party! It’s all about books! And it’s coming soon!

Waverly BookFest 2008
Brought to you by Friends of the Waverly Branch

Saturday, September 13, 2008
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 E. 33rd Street

(Across from the Waverly Farmers’ Market)
No Charge for Admission

Come to the Waverly Branch for a day of book-related merrymaking and storytelling for all ages. Snap up great deals on books at our book tables; get your rare books appraised for free by David Grey of Allen’s Bookshop (limited so register early); bid on antique, vintage, and other unique items at the Silent Auction; sample fresh-baked goodies and enjoy special programming for all ages throughout the day.

Children’s Programming
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children’s Reading Room
At 11 a.m, recent Newbery award-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz will read from her enchanting book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! The author will be available to sign books immediately following the reading. Children will also enjoy crafts, face painting, balloons, animal visitors, and giveaways for those who come early.

Teen Programming
12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Meeting Room
Teens interested in exploring journalism can participate in a dynamic program led by Baltimore Sun staffer John-John Williams. Thinking about a career in journalism? Want to hone your reporting skills? This program is for you. The program is free but space is limited so register in advance. Snack and beverage provided to participants.

Adult Programming
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Meeting Room
Join us for Conversations with the Artist Lee Freeman: Beyond Golden Fences. Freeman will use his experiences with the conceptualization and installation of Golden Fences as a starting off point in a broader discussion of art and public dialogue.

Book Appraisals
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Adult Reading Room
With over 25 years of experience in the book business, David Grey, owner of Allen’s Bookshop, will appraise your books (five-book maximum ) for free. Find out just how valuable those old books of Great-Aunt Mabel are. Bring on the books for the Waverly BookFest’s version of “Antiques Roadshow.” Pre-registration encouraged due to time constraints.

We Want Your Books
Well, someone wants your books and we’d love to play matchmaker. Here’s the catch: Books must be in good condition – with covers, no torn or missing pages, and not overly marked up. We will not accept textbooks. Books are being collected at the Waverly Branch in the marked bin in the lobby. And thanks! We promise your books will find great new homes and people to love them. Please do not place rare books or books of great value in the book bin. Instead, contact Ann Giroux at (410) 889-6484 to schedule your donation so that you can receive a donor acknowledgement letter. Don’t know exactly how much the books are worth? We can help!

We Want Your Stuff
We would love to have donations for our Silent Auction. This is not a White Elephant Sale. Please donate your antiques, collectibles, new in-box electronics, decorative items, art, bottles of fine wine, vacation package and restaurant gift certificates, or other items. Your contributions are tax-deductible and a donor acknowledgement letter will be provided. To donate items, please contact Ann Giroux at (410) 889-6484.

Want to bid on something? Come to the Waverly BookFest 2008 and bid away. We will post a list of items closer to the event so check back!

We Want You Too
This amazing event is made possible by the Friends of the Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, an all-volunteer organization comprised of your neighbors and friends. Do you live in Abell, Barclay, Guilford, Oakenshawe, Pen Lucy or Waverly and surrounding areas? This is YOUR branch. Volunteer for BookFest 2008. We have many volunteer opportunities and one will make you say “yay,” we’re sure of it.

Contact Information
For further information about Waverly BookFest 2008:
Contact Ann Giroux, Waverly Friends at (410) 889-6484

For further information about the Waverly Library:
Waverly Branch Circulation Desk (410) 396-6053

For registration forms:
Contact Sherri Alms at

Waverly Main Street Featured in the Baltimore Sun!

In addition to Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, and Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III, a reporter from the Baltimore Sun joined us for the sights and sounds of the Third Annual Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade on August 2. Click here to read the great article by Kevin Rector about the parade and about the ongoing revitalization of Waverly Main Street!

Photos from the National Night Out Kick-Off Parade

The Third Annual Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade was a success! Many thanks to our sponsors, participants, and Waverly family and friends for a beautiful day!