The Poughkeepsie Public Library District’s first-ever Kids Read: A Book Festival takes place on Saturday, April 13 at Our Lady of Lourdes High School. This free one-day festival showcases readings and presentations by 39 authors and illustrators of youth literature on multiple stages. Costumed storybook characters such as Biscuit, Bad Kitty, Elephant and Piggy will be strolling the grounds. Kids can have their picture taken with characters or authors and illustrators. Many books will be available for purchase, and craft tables will offer fun projects to take home. Young readers might meet Tracy Baptiste of the Mojang Minecraft series, Pat Schories, illustrator of the Biscuit books, James Preller of the Jigsaw Jones Mystery Series, Jacky Davis, creator of Ladybug Girl, and others. A complete list of participating authors and illustrators can be found at the website.
Kids Read: A Boook Festival, Saturday, Apr. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes High School, 131 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie, (845) 485-3445, www.poklib.org