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Library will host children’s picturebook author

Jim Aylesworth

PRINCETON — Children’s picturebook author Jim Aylesworth will be in Princeton on Thursday.

Aylesworth will give a program on family literacy at the Princeton Public Library at 6:30 p.m., reading some of his books, speaking with children and their families, and sharing a presentation about his work and about reading together as a family. The program is free and open to the public. Families are especially encouraged to attend. In addition, Aylesworth will share his stories with young readers at two schools in Princeton that day, at Jefferson Elementary School at 10 a.m. and at St. Louis School at 1 p.m.

Aylesworth is an award-winning author and teacher who enjoys visiting schools, and he has many valuable lessons for young and old alike about the importance of courage, dedication and perseverance. His picturebooks, illustrated by some of the best artists in the field, including Barbar McClintock, Brad Sneed and Stephen Gammell, are filled with generous doses of loud sounds, rhythms and rhymes, which his 25 years as a first-grade teacher have taught are the elements children like in a story. He can relate the experience of being an author as only a veteran teacher can, and he inspires groups large and small to include more reading and writing in their lives. His titles include “Our Abe Lincoln,” “The Tale of Tricky Fox,” “Old Black Fly” and his most recent publication, “Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo.”

LCN Closers/Ingersoll Rand provided some of the funding for this program. The library is located at 698 E. Peru St. in Princeton. For more information, call 815-875-1331 or visit


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