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Authorpalooza to Kick Off Public Library Summer Reading Program, June 12

The Big Rapids Public Library has announced the kickoff of its summer reading program with its second Authorpalooza event. This year, Authorpalooza will be hosted on Friday, June 12 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the library.

More than 40 local authors have committed to attend this free event. Guests will have opportunities to purchase a signed book from the authors.

Authorpalooza introduces the 2015 “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program.

“This event is free of charge, open to everyone and it will definitely be a party for guests,” said Wendy Nystrom, organizer of Authorpalooza. “You do not need a library card to attend, and you can just come and enjoy yourself.”

Cran-Hill Ranch will bring its rock wall and bouncy castle as part of the fun. Free hot dogs will be served, but guests are encouraged to bring money for concessions. Authorpalooza attendees can bring a white shirt to tie-dye. The event will also include face painting.

“The summer reading program, in its entirety, is to not only promote literacy through the community, but to get people involved in many aspects of the community,” said Miriam Andrus, library director. “The program isn’t just for kids, and many people don’t know that. It’s for anybody in the community: adults, students and children, and you don’t have to have a library card to participate.”

Ferris State University is an event sponsor. Ferris’ Business Services, Physical Plant, Copy Center, President’s Office, and FLITE library are also among advocates of Authorpalooza.

Authorpalooza is one of the largest events the Big Rapids Public Library offers throughout the year, and expects to see more than 300 guests at the library.