Books Better the Lives of Children All Over Iowa

Book Fair at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, March 14th, to Provide Free Books to Children of Incarcerated Parents

Make the lives of hundreds of children better simply by purchasing a book and mentioning the Ashcraft Project. Barnes and Noble will be sponsoring a book fair at the store on University Ave. in West Des Moines on Saturday, March 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The book fair will feature a professional storytelling group, The Two Rivers Story Spinners, who will be performing free all day on the second floor. Performances are intended to help raise funds to purchase books for The Ashcraft Project/Forever Books For Kids. Proceeds from book sales help make books available free to children who visit incarcerated family members at county jails across Iowa including Polk County, Marshalltown, Nevada, Council Bluffs and Davenport.

The Two Rivers Story Spinners will be entertaining the audience with puppets, telling family tales, paper cutting/folding and music. Each individual’s performance will last a half hour and audience members may come and go as they wish.

This year’s special guest, Yuki Shozaki, will be performing from 11:00 to 11:30. Audiences of all ages will love seeing this dynamic and delightful presenter tell stories about her homeland of Japan. Other performers will include Irish-American storyteller Maureen Korte, who will entertain with tales from Ireland; master puppeteer and retired education director of the Des Moines Playhouse, Carol Taylor; and clown/magician/ventriloquist, Barb Funke (AKA Tulip the Clown).

About the Ashcraft Project
The Ashcraft Project is a seven-year old non-profit foundation that strives to improve the lives of children through the gift of value-based reading material for children age pre-K through eighth grade. The Ashcraft Project is named after Dave Ashcraft, a Des Moines librarian and storyteller who died of cancer. Dave was the librarian for the Polk County Jail for a number of years. The Forever Books For Kids program supplies books for children to take whenever they visit family members at jails. The What Did I Do program invites children of incarcerated parents to write about their lives and publish their stories. The Visiting Moms Program of Mitchellville Prison provides books and toys to be placed in the waiting room at Mitchellville Prison, and Two For Two, a project that provides matching books to be read by foster kids and their biological parents. Forever Books, Two For Two and Visiting Moms are all projects initiated by members of the legal community in Iowa.

For more information email Maureen Korte.
Twitter: #ForeverBooksForKids

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