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Meet children’s author/illustrator Jan Brett

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Jan Brett in front of the home fires. She will visit Springfield on Dec. 5.

Jan Brett in front of the home fires. She will visit Springfield at  5 p.m. on Dec. 5 to meet fans of her children’s books.

Many of us with children, grandchildren (or who are still children at heart), have enjoyed the stories of “The Mitten,” “Armadillo Rodeo” and “Hedgie”?

The author is Jan Brett, one of the nation’s foremost author/illustrators of children’s books. She has more than 38 million copies in print and has brought to life lovable characters for children for more than three decades.

Now Ozarkers have an opportunity to meet the author personally during her visit to the Library Center at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. She will visit with her fans, demonstrate her drawing style, and talk about her newest book, “The Animals’ Santa.”

Brett will speak from 5-5:20 p.m. in the central area of the Library Center, and then autograph her latest book and her other titles in the auditorium, which will be on sale at the library. There will be activities for children from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room.

The first 100 families to arrive for Jan Brett’s talk will get a free, signed poster and a Jan Brett bookmark and perhaps win a signed copy of “The Animals’ Santa.” You can enter the drawing from Nov. 15-Dec. , at any library branch. Bring your camera or smart phone for a photo with Jan Brett and “Hedgie!”

To celebrate Brett’s visit, the Library Center is also opening the Holiday Store for a special preview sale from 4-8 p.m. in rooms A and B. The store is a “kids-only” store where youngsters they can shop for family and friends. Gift items are priced from 25 cents to $5.

The store reopens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Library Center. The Holiday Store and Holiday Open House will also be open Saturday, Dec. 6, at both the Library Station and Brentwood Branch Library.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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