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Saturday Stories: Eric Velasquez
May 26, 2018
Presenting a monthly illustrator-led, read-aloud, hands-on workshop, and book-signing series. Guest illustrators and Society staff will lead participants in a fun story hour and related hands-on workshop for children and their adult companions.
In conjunction with our current exhibition The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece, the series From April – June will focus on books written for younger audiences about civil and human rights. The target age for each workshop is based on the book of focus for the day. See full schedule here.
This Saturday, enjoy a reading of “As Fast As Words Could Fly” with artist Eric Velasquez (for ages 9 – 12 years old).
About the book:
Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father’s excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located.
When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. He does well in school—especially in his typing class. And when he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.
$25 per adult with one child; additional children $10 each.