Author Of Popular Children's Series 'Arthur' Visits Marion

  • 11/6/2019 8:55:51 PM
  • Seth Byrd
  • Local News

MARION, OH- The Marion Public Library held an event at Ulysses S. Grant Middle School on Wednesday for the children of the community, bringing a beloved children's author to the area to speak to those in attendance. Author Marc Brown of the popular book (and later, television) series "Arthur" gave a presentation on "Why Illustrations Matter" on Wednesday night, with the goal of helping children to tell their own stories.

Brown, who is best known as the creator of the children's series "Arthur," didn't experience success until the second book, but endeavored not to give up. After continuing the stories of the "Arthur" characters, Brown realized that through his writing, he captured the personalities of those close to him.

"I started to visit some schools and talked to teachers, talked to kids and it connected," said Brown. "All of the characters are based on real people that I grew up with."

Brown said he hoped that children in attendance would leave the presentation wanting to create stories and characters based on their own experiences so that their voices could also be heard. 

"I want kids to get excited about writing their own stories and reading," said Brown. Brown also said that one of the reasons he agreed to work on the PBS cartoon adaptation of his stories was to get more young people to be interested in books.

Whittney Mahle, who is the Youth Services Manager at the Marion Public Library, said that the "great" response on Facebook forced organizers to move the event to Ulysses S. Grant Middle School to accomodate the crowd. While the library normally hosts an author for adults every year, library staff wanted to bring in an author that kids and adults could both appreciate.

"This community has a really strong commitment to literacy, supporting literacy and life-long learning in kids," said Mahle. "Along with our partnership with the schools, I think this is a really important step for us."

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