Every so often librarians have adventures outside of the library. This was the case for Debbie Fletcher and Marci Dressler Saturday, October 29th when they attended Book Fest @Bank Street.
First on the program was an entertaining celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Phantom Tollbooth written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.
Leonard Marcus, a children’s literature expert, moderated a discussion between Mr. Juster & Mr. Feiffer, during which they described their childhoods and how the book was created.
After the discussion, Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer signed new 50th anniversary editions of The Phantom Tollbooth. While getting her book signed, Debbie found out that Norton Juster grew up in her Brooklyn neighborhood and attended her high school!
After the autographing session, everyone broke into groups to talk about books. Marci attended the “Mini-Caldecott” discussion group and Debbie attended the “Picture Book Biography” group.
The afternoon schedule included two more informative panels, one discussing comics for the very young and the other about Greek Myths retold.
All in all, it was a great day – at least until we got home to no electricity!