April 29 – Ferndale Library Author Talk with Brandy Colbert

April 29 – Ferndale Library Author Talk with Brandy Colbert

Ferndale Schools and Ferndale Library are proud to welcome award-winning YA Author Brandy Colbert via Zoom, on Tuesday, April 29, at 4 pm, interacting live with young readers and answering their questions as she details her creative process. Colbert’s books include “The Voting Booth” and “Little & Lion”, which won the Stonewall Award for Children’s Literature in 2018. The Ferndale Area District Library regularly seeks opportunities to partner with the city’s public schools through regular outreach programming and co-hosting special events like this one.

During this afterschool event, Colbert will be talking about the inspirations for her previous books and how she became a writer. Any readers between grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend; those interested can sign-up and save their spot by emailing the library’s Youth Services department at jasmine@ferndalepubliclibrary.org

Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Ozarks—more specifically, Springfield, Missouri—and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Missouri State University. She’s currently on the faculty at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children and lives in Los Angeles.

“Little & Lion” is a stunning novel on love, identity, loss, and redemption, while “Voting Booth” is an all-in-one-day love story of two young people volunteering at a polling place. Colbert’s most recent was her first for middle-grade readers: “Only Black Girls In Town” tells the story of two young girls who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past. Her novels present a fresh take on the coming-of-age novel for young readers who are coming to a deeper understanding of the world around them as well as their own identities.

Meanwhile, the Ferndale Library’s Youth Services have continually co-hosted book clubs with Ferndale Schools, especially for teen readers. The Read Woke Book Club is a YA-lit-inspired group intended to help teens address social justice issues. There are also ongoing book clubs for both Lower and Upper Elementary readers hosted by Ferndale Librarians. But every so often, Ferndale has the opportunity to welcome a nationally recognized, award-winning author for a special event where young readers are able to interact with the writer and ask questions.

This virtual event with Brandy Colbert on April 29 is intended for ages 13-18. Teens can sign themselves up, or parents can do so, by contacting the library via email: jasmine@ferndalepubliclibrary.org

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