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Jacqui Oakley 2015
It was so fun to go to the Lighting Our World book launch and finally meet the author Catherine Rodina. Catherine put so much work into organizing this event at Toronto’s York Woods Library on Oct 18. She paid special attention to having tons of fun projects for kids including face painting, lantern-making, henna and more with the activities relating wonderfully to the international festivals from the book.
(photos above by Peter C. McCusker for InsideToronto.com)
Jamie and myself were in charge of the Chinese lantern making table, which was hilarious. Poor Jamie was thrown right into the mix making lanterns with eager children while I had to cut the gorgeous cake and sign books. So glad he was there to help that night – I would have been frantic without him! He was pretty good at making those lanterns though (and way too into the glitter…). It was so adorable seeing how excited the kids got when shown the table of markers, glitter and, of course, stickers. Some spent hours making theirs perfect. I think we definitely have some little illustrators in the making.
Lots of family, friends and people form the community showed up that night. Thanks all of you for your support.
Although the lantern making was a success I do think the cake was the winner that night, although stickers came in at a close second.
Thanks for putting on such a great event Catherine and of course a special thanks goes to Shelley Macbeth from Blue Heron Books for bringing the books for sale. She came all the way from Uxbridge to be with us that night. Be sure to visit her store if you’re ever in that area, it looks beautiful. Nothing like a small local store with an owner who cares. Thanks to Kids Can Press for publishing the book and more importantly, for the cake! Also, thanks to all the volunteers who did the face painting, beautiful henna, manned the Halloween table and more. Thanks to York Woods Library for hosting us and for all the librarians who helped out.
Photos by myself, Jamie Lawson, Peter C. McCusker and George Rondina. Thanks especially to George for taking so many photos that night while we were all so busy.
You can get the book at local book stores like Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge and it’s now at my local Hamilton store, Mixed Media which I love. Thanks for getting it in Dave! Also, if you can’t find it at a local place it is online at Amazon and in the bigger stores Chapters and Barnes and Noble.
Recently the book was featured on Global’s Morning Show where Lisa Lyons, the president of Kids Can Press, shared some of the top books for kids this season. (We’re at 4:17). Pretty exciting seeing it on TV.