Apparently NYC is covered in snow at the moment. I had to go onto Facebook to confirm this since it seemed so unlikely, but there it is. The Big Apple all in white. This got me thinking about things that happen in NYC, like Symphony Space and the fact that their stellar children’s literature book club is going on all the time. You want a star studded line-up? You got it, baby.
Symphony Space’s Thalia Kids’ Book Club Continues with Three Events
New York, January 13, 2017 – Symphony Space’s highly interactive Thalia Kids Book Club series for young people was launched more than 10 years ago and connects well-known children’s authors with their fans. This one-of-a-kind series, produced in cooperation with Bank Street Bookstore, unites avid readers with the authors, illustrators, and books that inspire their imaginations.The 2017 Thalia Kids’ Book Club season continues with three events this winter and spring.
Sunday, February 5 at 1 pm
An Afternoon with Hervé Tullet
Aspiring young artists and authors are invited to join the wildly imaginative French-born author of Press Here and Let’s Play in an interactive afternoon of art and storytelling Fellow illustrator Chris Raschka (A Ball for Daisy) will lead a conversation with Tullet. As Children’s Corner notes, “Hervé doesn’t just read his books — he performs them, moving like a dancer this way and that way, to add yet another layer of fun.”
Ages 5 – 10
Sunday, March 5 at 1 pm
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: 50th Anniversary Celebration
An afternoon of readings and lively discussion with contemporary authors who have been inspired by E. L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Award-winning classic. Including Blue Balliett (Chasing Vermeer), Chris Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library), Wendy Mass (The Candymakers), and Alexander London (The Wild Ones).
Ages 8 to 12
Saturday, April 1 at 11 am
Discovering the Middle Ages with Adam Gidwitz and Benjamin Bagby
New York Times bestselling author Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor’s Tale, A Tale Dark and Grimm) and Grammy-nominated performer Benjamin Bagby will bring the Middle Ages to life through stories and song. Kids will be invited to stage a scene from The Inquisitor’s Tale with Gidwitz and Bagby. Costumes are encouraged–it’s April Fool’s Day, after all. A book signing will follow.
Ages 8 and up
Tickets are $16 each ($13 for Symphony Space members and groups). Visit http://www.symphonyspace.org/events/series/96/thalia-kids-book-club for details. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side, at 95th Street). To order Thalia Kids’ Book Club tickets, call (212) 864-5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In related news, reservations for the 2017 Thalia Book Club Camps are now available online. This unique summer program is geared towards avid readers and writers ages 9 – 14, offering up-close interaction with favorite children’s book authors and illustrators. Campers will meet with children’s book authors, take part in book discussions, engage in writing, drama, drawing or other activities related to the books, and go on book-related field trips around New York City. For more information, visit http://www.symphonyspace.org/thalia-book-club-camp.
About Symphony Space
New York’s “cultural town square,” Symphony Space traces its beginnings to a free marathon concert, Wall to Wall Bach, held in 1978 and organized by co-founders Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller. The music marathon then drew thousands of visitors and has since become one of the organization’s signature events. Today, Symphony Space presents more than 600 events each season, including music, dance, theater, film, and literary readings. Some of its best known programs include Selected Shorts, a reading of short stories by stars of stage and screen, and one of the most popular series on public radio; National Theatre Live, broadcasting the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world; and Just Kidding, one of the most talked about family entertainment series around town. Uptown Showdown has been called “New York’s best comedy series” by New York magazine. The 38th season, running from September 2016 through June 2017, will focus on four thematic projects: Project Americana, The Source Project, Project Broadway, and Fuse Project. For more information and advance tickets, visit symphonyspace.org.