Ready Set Fun Bookfest

WPBS-DT: Ready Set Fun

MAY 7th, 2016

Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center
1291 Faichney Drive in Watertown

This year will mark the 20th year for the most successful and largest educational event in our area-Ready, Set, Fun Bookfest! WPBS-DT is excited to announce our return to last year's great location, the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center.

Each year over 1,500 children and parents join WPBS, our community vendors and local children's authors for this literacy focused, hands on event. Admission to this event is the donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item. This year, collected items will be going to the food bank at the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County (CAPC). Check back on our website as we will post more information as it is confirmed. Please plan on joining us on May 7th for the 20th Annual Ready, Set, Fun Bookfest!





Join us after the Ready, Set, Fun Bookfest for a Pizza Polooza with your favorite PBS Kids Characters! Enjoy a special meet and greet with Curious George, Cookie Monster, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Woofster and Cat in the Hat! This hour long event includes a pizza lunch, activities, photo ops and a movie! Tickets are $ 5.00 per person, children under a year old are free.


This is an Operation Yellow Ribbon Event! Active duty service member and dependents recieve $ 1.00 off the admission price!

Schedule to be announced

Hope Irvin Marston is a native of Beech Creek, PA, the eighth child in a farm family of nine. She started school about the time World War II began. Since there were no children's books in their home, the monthly visit of the bookmobile to the little one-room schoolhouse on the corner of the farm was a wonderful event in her eyes.

Once she learned to read, Hope never grew tired of books. She decided at an early age, she would write a book some day. Thus far that dream has been fulfilled twenty-eight times.

Hope enjoys writing in several genres. Her current projects include two historical fiction books and another junior biography.

In 1990 she retired to devote her time to writing. When she isn't working at her computer, you will find her reading, making author appearances, doing research or attending workshops as a presenter or a learner.

She was the founder of the Black River Valley Writers Club and the founder and director of the North Country Children's Writers and Illustrators Workshop. She has taught creative writing workshops at Jefferson Community College and the Jefferson-Lewis Teacher Center for many years. She has also been on staff at Christian Writers Conferences at Hephzibah Heights (MA), Montrose Bible Conference (PA), and a St. Davids Christian Writers Conference at Beaver Falls, Pa. Hope is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a book reviewer for Church Libraries.


Suzanne Rothenberger, author and publisher is a former teacher, program director at a child development center, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. Her two main interests are educating children and studying history. She is a long-term resident of Northern New York, and as such she developed an interest in the American history of the area, especially the period of booming growth during the late nineteenth century. Her avid reading habits led her deep into the events of that time.


She has pulled these threads of interest together to weave a literary tapestry she calls Mattie: Life at Paddock Mansion. She says that she hopes to draw adolescents into the era, and thus into a deeper appreciation of the legacy left by the area's earlier residents.

The author is currently working on her next Mattie adventure.

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