Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Book Launch for Author Addie Boswell to Benefit First Book Charity

The Rain StomperThe Tualatin Public Library is pleased to announce the launch party on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 7 PM for a new children's book by local author and artist Addie Boswell. A freelance artist and writer who makes her home in Portland, Boswell has chosen the new Tualatin Public Library (18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue) as the site to introduce her first picture book, The Rain Stomper. A mural created by Boswell and students from Bridgeport Elementary hangs in the children's room of the new Tualatin Library. As an artist Boswell says she "has great faith in the imagination of children and the importance of creativity."

She will be joined at the launch party by local members of First Book, a national non-profit organization that give grants to organizations to buy books for low-income children to start their own home libraries. Recent grant recipients included Lifeworks Northwest (Beaverton), Oregon Child Development Coalition (Cornelius), Mount Hood Community College Early Head Start (Gresham) and West Women's & Children's Shelter (Portland). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each autographed copy of The Rain Stomper sold during the evening will go to support First Book's work in the local community.

"Addie's mural, Turning the Page, is a fabulous collage that illustrates the power of imagination that books unleash in young minds. First Book works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to enjoy that power of reading," says Meghan Moran, Chair of the Tri-County chapter of First Book. In addition to the first public reading of the book, the evening's festivities will also include an all-ages art activity led by Boswell.