Spring 2018 will go down on file as being the busiest yet for An Open Book Foundation. We were on the move in more ways than one: in between a record-setting number of author events, AOB transitioned from our original office space (in Dara’s home) to rented rooms at the Episcopal Center for Children thanks to a grant from a generous donor. We’ve settled in nicely to the new accommodations, which include two office rooms, a book receiving/processing area, and ample storage space for our Little Free Library and AOB collections.
The move was exciting, but the very next day were were back out on the road for events. Our spring included a number of high-impact arts intensive workshops–like the zine making workshop with Pura Belpre Award winning creator Celia C. Peréz, below–thanks to the continued support of our DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities grant.
We welcomed returning creators like Phillip Hoose, Nathan Hale, and Jewell Parker Rhodes, and we also had the pleasure of hosting first-time visitors like Veera Hiranandani, Tony Medina, and Hyewon Yum. As always, AOB events served all ages this spring. School visits ran the gamut from Megan Wagner Lloyd’s fort building with three-year-olds to slam-poet champion (and New York Times bestselling) Elizabeth Acevedo rendering speechless a room of high school seniors.
We couldn’t do any of it without your support, so thanks to EVERYONE for the wonderful spring!