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Cape Ann Reads

A Cooperative Project

The art of children’s literature is strong throughout Cape Ann and part of its rich cultural history. The four Cape Ann public libraries aim to keep it that way by promoting literacy and arts. Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Rockport Public Library, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library, and TOHP Burnham Library Essex are pleased to announce and launch a yearlong innovative community reading program, CAPE ANN READS, designed around a single new original picture book.
The initiative is simple and local. Throughout 2016 the libraries will coordinate special events and a contest for original picture book submissions. The libraries are coordinating with several regional organizations such as Cape Ann Museum (CAM), Cape Ann Art Haven, Cape Ann YMCA, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Manchester Historical Museum, Local Cultural Councils, area schools, Pathways for Children, and First R Foundation. The libraries are partners in their downtown cultural districts, special areas designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Events - For a full listing of programs click here.

Coming Soon:

Networking for Illustrators and Authors

Sat., Feb. 27, 10:00 - Noon, Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester

Network with Cape Ann illustrators and authors of all ages who want to take part in the creation of a new picture book.

Second Saturday - Frances Wosmek

March 14, 11:00-1:00, Cape Ann Museum. Free for families with school-aged children

Learn more about local author and illustrator Frances Wosmek. Explore the museum using a "Seek and Find". No registration required.

Altered Books Workshop for Teens and Adults
Wed., March 23, 6:30 P.M., Manchester Public Library, 15 Union St.
We'll use worn books as our canvas for three dimensional art projects. You may bring your own worn-out book, or use one of older discards for the canvas.  Please register at with Sara Collins, or 978-526-2011, space is limited for this Art Workshop.

Picture Book Contest

In recognition of the coming 75th anniversary in 2017 of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, Little House, by Gloucester author/illustrator Virginia Lee Burton, Cape Ann Reads will be holding a children’s picture book contest. It will be open to Cape Ann residents, all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann and people who work on Cape Ann. They will vie for a chance to exhibit, win prizes, and one winning book will be published in 2017. Look for the announcement for the application and guidelines coming soon.