By Tami Eagen – Sydenham Current
Book Bash took place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham.
Book Bash was a free event that celebrated literacy and the joy of reading.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to meet Canadian authors and illustrators, enjoy storytelling and music, and participate in art and technology workshops.
The Great Lakes Woodland Dance Troupe were showcased, along with dancers from Walpole Island, Cecil Issac an Indigenous story teller from Walpole Island, The Thames River String Band and keynote speaker, author Deborah Ellis.
Some of the vendors on site included Ontario Parks, EarlyON, CK Recreation, Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent, St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs, Chatham-Kent Police Service, Kent County Ontario Genealogical Society, local artists and many more.
“It is a a lot of work, but we are fortunate we get a lot of media love,” Tania Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Librarian, told the Sydenham Current.
Sharpe said the evening was fantastic, perfect and lovely.
“We have probably close to 700 people that have come through the doors tonight,” she said.
“I have had only positive feedback. We just want to connect people with a joy for reading.”
Book Bash was hosted by the Chatham-Kent Public Library in partnership with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, Lambton-Kent District School Board, Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library, Early ON and Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario.
Here are some photos from the event: