First-ever Local Author Book Fair headlines a big Saturday at CCM!

What do authors, trains and stuffed animals have in common? They’ll all be the focus of programs at C.C. Mellor Memorial Library this Saturday, April 15!

It all starts at 10:30 a.m. with a very special storytime for our Stuffed Animal Sleepover at CCM Edgewood. Don’t forget to drop off a stuffed friend at CCM Edgewood before we close on Friday if you want to participate! The stuffed animals will undoubtedly have some pretty crazy adventures after the library closes and everyone leaves, and your little ones can come on Saturday morning to pick up their friends and hear a special story about all the fun they had!

Then at 1 p.m. at CCM Forest Hills, David Kelsch will share his extensive knowledge about a part of local history at his History of Trains & Railroads of Western PA presentation. He’ll also share stories about his experiences as owner of The Grand River Railway, a restored independent rail line that runs from Youngstown, Ohio to Lake Erie.  As a result of his efforts, the Grand River Line has been transformed from an abandoned and dormant line into an active, revenue-producing railroad. Mr. Kelsch wrote a book on the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroads, and he’ll have 18 copies of it on hand for anyone who wants to purchase it and have it signed. For real rail buffs, he’ll also have another five books that he gave only to Grand River Railway employees for the restoration of their caboose.

CCM Edgewood will be the place to be from 2 to 4 p.m., when you’ll get a chance to meet a whole host of local authors and get to know them and their work. Discover great new books and take a tour of the area’s literary scene. Meet writers of all genres, and even get to hear them give short readings of some of their favorite works. This is a drop-in event, so come any time and stay as long as you like!

“The most rewarding part of my career is getting the opportunity to connect with people doing amazing things right in our community, so I am delighted to host an event where local authors can share their work with us on a person-to-person level,” Adult Services Manager Cameron Bloom said. “Even if you aren’t able to make it to the Book Fair, I hope you will take a few minutes to check out the Local Author Collection during your next visit to CCM Edgewood.”

You can find a list of participating authors along with their bios here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!