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St. Joseph County Public Library's 12 th Annual

Family Festival
Saturday, October 12, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Main Library

304 S. Main St.
South Bend

Fun for the entire family!
Free exciting events for all ages!

Count Down to Open Book Events

Open Book Events

Meet and Greet Your Favorite Storybook Characters!

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Lower Level Lobby (outside Humphreys Multimedia Room)

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lower Level Lobby (outside Humphreys Multimedia Room)
3rd Floor Lobby

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Lower Level Lobby (outside Humphreys Multimedia Room)
3rd Floor Lobby

  Cat in the Hat®
  Pete the Cat®
  Skippyjon Jones®

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Jim Gill's Contagious Tunes Tour 2013
Lower Level — Humphreys Multimedia Room
1st Show            10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
2nd Show           12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.

Jim Gill’s first recording of music play, Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes, was released 20 years ago...and he is celebrating with concerts filled with a special collection of songs from that recording! With Jim strumming the banjo and his friend Don Stille playing the accordion, everyone can join in the festivities by clapping, jumping, dancing and sneezing along! This award winning author and musician is excited to return to South Bend to celebrate the recording that earned him his first of five awards from the American Library Association.

Stevens Puppets presentsThe Wizard of Oz: A Marionette Entertainment
Lower Level — Colfax Auditorium
1st Show            11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
2nd Show           12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

When a Kansas cyclone wisks Dorothy off to Oz, she meets the Scarecrow, who wants brains, the Tin Woodman, who wants a heart, the Cowardly Lion, who wants Courage, and the mysterious Wizard of Oz. How they all help Dorothy get home again is an exciting and heart–warming story. Join us for this beautiful, fully restored show with all new hand painted scenery, and digital sound with new voices.

Andy Schmidt, pianist
1st Floor Café
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

Hear local musician and piano instructor Andy Schmidt perform show tunes, classical selections, and more.

Barbara McClintock, Keynote Children's Author/Illustrator
Lower Level — Humphrey's Multimedia Room
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Join children's author and illustrator Barbara McClintock as she reads poems about witches, giants, brave girls, and Coca Moca Macaroni Ice Cream, and draws along to the music of Natalie Merchant from their book Leave Your Sleep. Barbara's books have won 4 New York Times Best Books award, as well a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award. (Following the presentation, Barbara McClintock will sign books in the Molloy Room, also on the Lower Level.)

Tierra Viva
1st Floor Café
2:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the art of Mexican Folkloric dancing when we welcome Tierra Viva, St. Adalbert's Mexican Folk Dance Group. They will share the tradition of folk dance in different Mexican States, explain the significance of their colorful and beautiful costumes, and perform their dances.

St. Joseph County Public Library wishes to thank:
Friends of the Library
Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust Foundation
Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Foundation
John, Anna & Martha Jane Fields Foundation
Muessel–Ellison Memorial Trust Foundation
for their generous financial sopport of this annual event.

Storybook character books, CDs and more will be a available for sale in the Lower Level Lobby, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

2012 Open Book Program (pdf)
Programa de libro abierto de 2012 en Español (pdf)

For further information, contact Children's Services at 574-282-4607 or email

Times and performers are subject to change without notice. Rooms have limited seating (first-come, first-served.)