Adams County Library System Hosts Award-Winning Children's Author/Illustrator

One of the great joys of youth services librarianship is the opportunity to connect young people with the individuals who write and illustrate the books they read.  Yes, they are real.  Yes, they do exist.  And yes, you can actually meet them.  So, it is with great excitement that we announce the upcoming visit of award-winning author/illustrator, Gene Barretta, to the Gettysburg branch on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 pm.  A Mix & Mingle reception will precede the program at 5:30 pm.

Gene Barretta is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books.
Among his honors are the Carolyn W. Field Award and the Bank Street Cook Prize Honor.
His books include: The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms; Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare; Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin; Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci; Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born; Jack the Tripper; Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones; The Bass Plays The Bass and Other Homographs and Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives.  Gene has contributed illustration and animation to Sesame Street and Between the Lions. He has also designed characters for The Jim Henson Company.  More information on Gene and his work can be found at

The focus of Gene’s visit to the area will be on his book, Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare.  The dates for his visit were chosen to coincide with the annual celebration of the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 19.  In addition to the public program on November 15, he will be visiting the James Gettys Elementary and Lincoln Elementary schools on November 16.

Students greatly benefit from author visits.  Toni Buzzeo, a school librarian, and successful children’s author as well, lists the following as Benefits of Author and Illustrator Visits:

New Understanding
Kids dig deeply into the design, content, and theme of books when they know that they will have a chance to meet the books’ creator, have an opportunity to ask questions, and engage in dialogue.

New Focus
Kids experience a collective focus on books, reading, and literacy as a library or school engages its community in advance preparations for the visit.

New Horizons
Kids learn that real people, like themselves, make careers of writing or creating art. For many kids, this is the first opportunity they have to connect with someone in the arts who might serve as a role model.

New Attachments
Kids feel a strong attachment to the books of the authors and illustrators with whom they have visited.

New Connections
Kids connect with all books in a more meaningful way after they have met an author or illustrator and better understand the process of conceiving an idea and bringing it to print.

We invite the entire community to experience these benefits by attending Gene’s visit on November 15.  Registration is requested for both the reception and the program, and can be done online at, or by calling the library at 717-334-5716.

Mr. Barretta’s visit is made possible by a generous donation from the Gettysburg Eagles Aerie 1562.

Submitted by: George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator