Holiday magic was in the air Dec. 7 at the Belle Isle Library, when bestselling children’s book author/illustrator Jan Brett stopped by on her Winter Wonderland tour to give a presentation and visit with library guests. The event, presented with support from Best of Books in Edmond, saw between 800 and 900 guests, and 726 pre-ordered copies of Jan’s books. Some guests drove over 2 hours to attend the event. Best of Books was on hand during the event for purchases at the door, as was a hot chocolate stand provided by the Gold Dome, that served a delicious and cozy way for guests to warm up. The library’s mascot, Spoticus, and one of Jan Brett’s beloved characters, Hedgie, made several appearances together throughout the evening, meeting their fans and taking photos with children and families.
Jan is the author and illustrator of 40 winter-themed children’s books, with over 43 million copies sold. While at Belle Isle Library, she gave an illustration demonstration and discussed drawing techniques with the engaged audience. She also signed books for the more than 200 guests that waited in line to meet her. The Belle Isle Library stayed open until 10:00 p.m. to accommodate those wanting to get a book signed and get a photo with Jan.
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