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Unbound Book Festival Brings Authors to Local Schools

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As a part of the Unbound Book Festival, eight authors will be speaking to Columbia Public Schools Students in classrooms across the district on Friday. For the third year, the “Authors in the Schools” project will be coming to Columbia.

Middle schoolers will hear author Jacqueline Woodson speak at the Missouri Theatre as a part of the Unbound Book Festival. Woodson is a children’s and young adult author and will be the keynote speaker for the event. 

A grant from The Columbia Public Schools Foundation provides Woodson’s books to every Columbia middle school and transportation for students to the festival.

CS Foundation Secretary Sally Silver said the foundation provided the grant to encourage reading among the students.

"So many kids have never really met a real, live author. That’s so exciting and it makes it real. Especially when you have the book, and you see that author’s name and you look and there they are talking to you."

The festival Saturday will include more events and presentations for young readers.