I was very honored to be inducted to my hometown of Weirton's Hall of Fame over the weekend. Weirton is where No Star Nights is set. As a special surprise, my brother Johnny flew my daughter Mary and my two grandsons down from Boston! I am so grateful to all the family and friends who showed up for this special day. You can see details of the event here.
Here are some photos of me at the ABLE Families Afterschool Program in Kermit, WV. The kids were great. They were so attentive and enthusiastic, and had lots of good questions about NO STAR NIGHTS. They had heard the story read aloud earlier in the week and had been doing art and writing activities inspired by the book. When I walked in they were being served Tabitha's homemade cabbage rolls! A little bit of Weirton in Mingo County, WV!! The program, with help from a WV Humanities Council grant, bought each child a copy of NO STAR NIGHTS. The afternoon ended with an autograph session that allowed me to talk to each child individually as I signed the books.
The ABLE Program works to "confront the systemic causes of poverty in northern Mingo County, WV. Check out their website at http://www.ablefamilies.org and you can't help but be impressed with their important and far-reaching projects.
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