Rochester Children's Book Festival
In the Fall of 2016, Altrusa completed its thirteenth year participating in the Rochester Children's Book Festival. This wonderful festival brought many of our local children book authors to one location. There were craft and reading rooms, workshops by authors on the craft of writing every half hour and many community groups' tables to visit.
The 20th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival was on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, in the Flynn Campus Center at Monroe Community College. If you have not attended this wonderful event please plan to do so this coming Fall for the 21st Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival on November 4th, 2017. Please take a few minutes to visit our Altrusa of Rochester table and learn of our many community events.
Festival to Go
Thirty five of the invited authors from the Rochester Children's Book Festival also volunteered to partner with Altrusa at our city schools in the thirteenth annual "Festival to Go". This event was held on October 12th, 13th, and 14th at School 45 Mary McLeod Bethune. On October 19th the authors were at School 10 Dr. Walter Cooper Academy and on October 25th at School 33 John James Audubon. There were over 100 presentations in the classrooms, from kindergarten to grade 8, that brought the writing and reading experience to the students.
The Altrusa Club purchased books from the presenting authors and donated them to each school library. Each author did a 45 minute presentation in the classrooms with their focus around these books. The Altrusa members joined the authors in the classrooms to share in this wonderful experience with the children.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to each school librarian, as well as each author, by the Altrusa members.
A special thank you to author, Vivian Vande Velde and Altrusa member, Jody LaRose for coordinating the "2016 Festival To Go". We also wish to thank the participating authors and the Altrusa members who volunteered their time at the schools.