Access Sacramento’s production truck was stationed both Saturday and Sunday at Sacramento’s own Fairytale Town documenting the 11th Annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival. The festival was two-days filled with activities for the whole family including: hands-on literacy activities for children, dramatic performances and readings and presentations by numerous authors and illustrators, and a special appearance by Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.

Numerous author and illustrator presentations were documented by the Access Sacramento television crew. Both day-long events were also a “real-life” training opportunity for 21 Cosumnes River College TV Broadcast students with guidance from instructor Gary Martin and truck engineer Richard Langley.

Yamaguchi read her first book, “Dream Big, Little Pig!” on Saturday on the Mother Goose Stage.Thanks to the generosity of the ScholarShare College Savings Plan, guests are offered free admission throughout the weekend.Local authors featured at the event include Sacramento local, Tricia Brown, and Davis elementary school teacher, Nikki Smith.
Hands-on activities were available throughout the weekend in addition to literacy activities and information and presentations sponsored by local arts organizations. The large crowds of children and parents documented another successful year for the event.
This book festival will be broadcast on Access Sacramento cable channel 17 in the near future as a series of programs designed to encourage parents reading to their children. Access Sacramento Executive Director Ron Cooper likes the idea of regular story time readings on the channel.

“We are tentatively calling the series ‘Friend to Friend Story Time’ and it will combine the authors recorded here today with readings of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ by Mark Twain,” he explained. “We just completed recording 35 chapters of Tom Sawyer recorded by local area leaders for the ‘Big Read – One Book Project’ in partnership with the Sacramento Bee and the County Libraries. Together, these readings  will appeal to children after-school and encourage parents to take time and read to their children. We want to create an alternative for latch-key kids different from Jerry Springer and Maury Povich – Local leaders, looking into the camera and sharing wonderful literature is a good alternative, don’t you think?”