I am so honored to welcome Erie native, Children’s Author & Illustrator Marc Brown to the museum on Monday June 1. My personal connection with Marc dates back to my very early childhood. Marc’s Mom, Renita Brown was like a 2nd grandmother to me. “Nina” as I called her, always gave me Marc’s books for birthdays, holidays, etc. And although I never officially met Marc (that I can remember), he would often sketch a little special note inside the cover for me. I loved the books- all of them. I remember my favorites were Pickle Things and Arthur’s April Fools. Little did I know how popular Marc would become over the years and how I would eventually read those same books to my own children and they would become their favorites as well.
When I began to make plans for the museum’s 20th birthday celebration, I reached out to Marc and asked him if he would visit our museum and help us celebrate with the Erie community. He was very eager to support the museum and graciously fit us in his busy schedule right away.
On Monday June 1 at 4pm, the community is invited to Discovery Corner, our new Outdoor Classroom, for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. The Children’s Museum will dedicate the Reading Nook in Discovery Corner to Marc Brown. The Reading Nook is an area where families can enjoy story time together. The area features a little library and tree cookie flooring with engraved Arthur Characters as well as a quote from Marc, “It all started with a doodle…”
I’m looking forward to sharing this wonderful new space with all of you. Marc Brown will be available for a book signing opportunity on June 1 from 4:30-5:30. The Children’s Museum will have Arthur Books available for purchase or you may bring one of your own. Marc will also be at the Children’s Museum from 9-10 am on Tuesday June 2 for a brief book signing before the Outdoor Classroom opens at 10 am. I hope you can join us on one of these 2 days.
See you at the Museum,