Library Host Guest Lecture

Contact:            Bridget F. Clark

Written by: Kaitlyn Decker


The Friends of the Library Host Guest Lecture
Vera B. Williams “Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books”

(SPARKILL, NY, April 9, 2010) – The Friends of the Library at St. Thomas Aquinas College will host a lecture by award-winning author and illustrator Vera B. Williams on Tuesday April 13th at 4:00 p.m. in the Lougheed Library on campus. The public is invited to attend. For reservations, call 845-398-4220 or email

Ms. Williams will discuss her work, which includes the Caldecott Honor Books: “A Chair for My Mother” and “More, More Said the Baby”.   Most of Ms. William’s books reflect her early life growing up in New York City.  Her artistic career path takes a close but loving look at the imperfections and struggles that real families face. 

“My writing was mostly flavored in the soup pot of family and New York City's multi-ethnic neighborhoods. Mine was a fiercely scrapping, loud-talking, loving but unsettled family struggling to make a living, as were so many around us. We were also radicals, world meddlers, people lovers, and lovers of literature, art, and music. My books seem to be telling something of all that and, at the same time, celebrating it,” says Williams.

Williams' understanding of life, love of children, and social conscience flow through her collection of books for young readers everywhere. At the end of her presentation Ms. Williams will have time to autograph owners’ copies of her books.

The Friends of the Library at St. Thomas Aquinas College organizes and sponsors lectures in the library by notable speakers from within and outside the College. All lectures are open to the community. Community members interested in joining The Friends of the Library, participating in Friends activities, or making donations to the College designated for The Friends of the Library may contact Ms. Mary Anne Lenk, Director of Library Services at 845-398-4221 or

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located in Sparkill, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The College’s 2,700 full and part time students can choose from almost 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across five divisions: Humanities; Business Administration; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences & Mathematics; and Teacher Education programs. For more information visit



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