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The Word Collector Extravaganza in Ithaca, NY

  • IHS Performing Arts Center 1401 N. Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY (map)

Join Children’s Reading Connection, Peter H. Reynolds, and the Reynolds Center for The Word Collector Extravaganza on Saturday, April 27 from 10 - 2 p.m. at IHS Performing Arts Center., 1401 N. Cayuga St. Ithaca NY.

Brigid Hubberman, founder of Children’s Reading Connection, is spearheading the national pilot program built around The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds, in collaboration with The Reynolds Center, for Teaching, Learning and Creativity.

"So much more than a wonderful children's book, The Word Collector is an anthem, a call to action, and a road map for all of us to help children understand the pleasure and power of words and word collecting." says Hubberman about the importance and potential of the book as a catalyst to start a national word movement.

New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds will kick-off the event at 10 a.m. with a book reading followed by book signing. Special shout-out to Ithaca's own Independent bookseller Buffalo Street Books, for joining the day to provide books by Peter H. Reynolds for all of his fans.

The Word Collector Extravaganza! continues with a world of word play, including Word Art, Word Games, Word Puzzles, and Word Collecting. The interactive activities include lots and lots of family word fun with Anagrams and Palindromes, A BIG Crossword Puzzle, Translation Station, BIG Magnetic Poetry, Word Jumble, Visual Puns, Bookmaking, Read-Aloud and so much more!

The Word Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the high school. Come dressed as your favorite word, or wear a word!

Admission: Your favorite word for the Community Word Wall.

Special Invitation to Schools, Libraries, and Community Organizations! Children's Reading Connection is building this pilot intiative to share with others. Anyone interested in replicating The Word Collector Extravaganza for their community is invited to come to experience it first hand, and to learn how to create your own!

If you have any questions, or an idea for celebrating words at the event, contact: or call 607-227-3360.

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