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Press Release Fun: Thalia Kids’ Book Club, 90-Second Newbery, and More!

Well, this is just delightful. The 90-Second Newbery returns and it needs YOUR new videos if you have them on hand. Check out the press release below if you don’t believe me.  There are also some big big names coming to town, as you can see:

Thalia Kids’ Book Club Announces 2012-13 Season

Kids (mostly ages 9 to 12) who love to read will find several exciting activities planned for the 2012-13 season. The always popular Thalia Kids’ Book Club includes lively discussions between children’s book authors and their fans, co-presented with the Bank Street Bookstore.  This year’s series begins on October 18 with author Annie Barrows talking about her best-selling Ivy and Bean series.  Then on October 21, teens ages 14 and up will hear Libba Bray talk about her forthcoming murder mystery novel set in New York City: The Diviners. Lemony Snicket, the mysterious author of A Series of Unfortunate Events talks about his brand new series All the Wrong Questions, which hits stores on October 23.  Rebecca Stead, the Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me, discusses her achingly real and laugh-out-loud funny new novel about the challenges of seventh grade: Liar & Spy, on November 4th.

Kids who love making videos as much as they love books will want to check out the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at Symphony Space on December 2. The event will be hosted by the festival’s co-creator James Kennedy and the hilarious Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man) with special guest appearances by Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery award-winner The Tale of Despereaux and Rita Williams-Garcia, author of the Newbery honor book One Crazy Summer. Young filmmakers may enter their homemade films by October 29th; get details here:  A February 3rd event will draw fans of Harriet the Spy; author Kirsten Miller (Kiki Strike) leads a group of mysterious writers in a lively discussion of one of the best girl detectives ever to race around in children’s fiction. More Kids’ Book Club events will be scheduled soon, according to Katherine Minton, Director of Literary Programs.

During the school year, Symphony Space also provides multicultural and multidisciplinary arts education programs to thousands of elementary and middle schools in the tri-state area, deploying scores of performing and visual artists to work with students through the Global Arts Program. For more information about how to enlist a local school in the program, visit or call 212.864.1414 x221.

Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan, NYC.  Ticket prices range from $13 to $25, with significant discounts available for members and season subscribers. To learn more about this season’s performers, play songs, watch videos and get updates about family programs at Symphony Space, visit or call 212 864-1212 ext. 247.

Thalia  Kids’ Book Club schedule

Tickets: $15; members $13.

October 18, 6 pm – Annie Barrows talks about the Ivy and Bean series

October 21, 5 pm – Libba Bray talks about The Diviners (ages 14 and up)

October 24, 6 pm – Lemony Snicket talks about his new series All the Wrong Questions –  Sarah Vowell leads the discussion

November 4, 1 pm – Rebecca Stead talks about Liar &  Spy

December 2, 4 pm – 90 Second Newbery Film Festival

February 3, 1 pm – I Love Harriet the Spy with Kirsten Miller

Media Contact:
Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR (503) 293-9498 ,

Beth Blenz-ClucasSugar Mountain PR/Foundry Communications(503) 293-9498

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.