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A Generous Gift and a Celebration with Tomie dePaola


By Wallingford Pub... - Posted on 26 September 2008

The Library is the grateful recipient of John and Kathryn Hackett’s collection of original Tomie dePaola artwork. Tomie dePaola is one of the world’s best- loved children’s authors and illustrators, and the paintings and prints are now hung throughout the Children’s Library. John and Kathryn Hackett were well-known Wallingford educators and avid collectors of Tomie’s work. Their generous legacy will benefit Wallingford families for years to come.

cover of Brava, Strega NonaOn Saturday, October 25th at 2:00 p.m., Tomie dePaola will visit the Library to celebrate this wonderful gift, and to talk about his life and work. Tickets for this special event will be available to Wallingford residents on a first come first served basis beginning Tuesday, October, 7th at 5:00 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Tickets will be limited to four per family, and must be picked up in person. Non-residents may pick up any available tickets beginning Friday, October 17th.

The Library is partnering with the Alphabet Garden Bookstore so that those attending the program will be able to purchase a selection of Tomie’s books including the brand-new Brava, Strega Nona, a pop-up book collaboration between Tomie and Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. This book, which will be released in bookstores at the end of October, will be available to the public for the first time at this program.

Tomie will be signing books purchased at the program following his talk. He is only able to sign books purchased at the program and although he is happy to personalize, he will not be doing any dedications or inscriptions.

Tomie is always generous with his time, but will only be able to sign books for a limited amount of time. If time begins to run out, limits may be placed on the number of books that will be signed, and pre-signed bookplates may be given out for the books that have been purchased at this event.

Tomie’s stories are beloved by many of Wallingford’s children who are thrilled to learn that his maternal grandparents lived on the street behind the library. We hope that many of Wallingford’s children, who know and love Tomie, will be able to attend this very special event.



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