Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Gastineau School promotes reading in the home

Local authors and illustrators will be reading and displaying their work tonight during a Family Literacy Night being put on by Gastineau School's teaching staff for the school's children and their families.

The goal, said Literacy Leader Barb Campbell, is to make sure that every child who attends takes home a free book and a lifelong love of reading. The theme of the event, titled "Read and Shine Under the Northern Lights," is Alaska children's literature.

Susi and Jim Fowler will be on hand to talk about their books, including "Benny's Flag" and "Fog." Author Jean Rogers will hold a session on her books, including "The Secret Moose." Nancy and Ed Ferrell will be discussing their Alaska books, including "Alaska, Land in Motion." Author Neal Gilbertsen will be talking about his book, "Little Red Snapperhood," and storyteller Grace Elliot will be weaving tales.

Local bookstores, Hearthside Books and Rainy Day Books have also contributed books to the event. The Douglas public library will also be displaying its Alaska literature.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the school library. Afterward, participants will get a chance to talk with the authors and illustrators, hear stories and check out the Douglas and Gastineau libraries' Alaska collections. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m.

For information, call Dirk Miller or Barb Campbell at 463-1999.

MADD seeks volunteers

MADD is looking for volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help pick up litter along its adopted highway between Kmart and the Costco turnoff.

Attractive orange vests and garbage bags will be available at the Kmart entrance. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. For details call Janell Meade at 586-5689 or MADD at 463-2562.

Works by illustrator, botanist Kelsey will be on display

From October to December artwork by Claudia Kelsey, an illustrator and botanist, who illustrated much of the work in the Cooperative Extension Services "Wild Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska," will be on display at the downtown library. Kelsey's work as an illustrator can be found in many historical Alaska publications.

The exhibit is set up in both of the display cases at the entrance to the library. "Wild Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska" has been in continuous publication for 50 years according to Cooperative Extension Agent Jim Douglas. The publication has been updated three times but the original illustrations remain the same. It is a perennial best seller at Extension offices and on the Alaska Marine Highway system.

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