Literacy in the Park


10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Perry Field House, Bowling Green State University


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Over the past 12 years, the event has featured many well-known children’s authors, and we are excited to have Patricia Polacco with us this year.

We have expanded the focus of Literacy in the Park to address all of the different ways literacy is important in our lives. Families will have opportunities to engage in activities about financial literacy, nutritional literacy, physical education literacy and many other forms of literacy that can be found in their lives and communities.


Enjoy a snack and literacy-based activities for the entire family

  • Each family receives a goodie bag with a free book by Patricia Polacco
  • Two presentations by Patricia Polacco
  • New exciting booths, activities and entertainment
  • Prizes and crafts


10:00 a.m. Music by Not Yet Perfect
10:20 a.m. Welcome
10:30 a.m. Presentation by Patricia Polacco
11:20 a.m. Falcon Swing Society
11:45 a.m. Ray McNiece Interactive Storytelling and Folktales
12:00 p.m. Presentation by Patricia Polacco
12:35 p.m. Horizon Youth Theater
12:55 p.m. Closing Remarks


The Literacy in the Park committee is looking for high energy exhibitors to provide a hands-on literacy-related learning activity for families. Exhibitors play a big role in the success of the event and we appreciate the effort and preparation that goes into the booths each year.

Without your support, Literacy in the Park would not continue to grow at the rate it has been the past four years. Because of the success of past events, we have handed out over 1,000 FREE books to children of all ages in Northwest Ohio and surrounding communities. Thank you for helping us provide an outstanding educational experience for children from all over Northwest Ohio.



PatriciaPolaccoPatricia Polacco was born on July 11, 1944, in Lansing, Michigan. Her mother’s family were Jewish immigrants from Russia and the Ukraine. Her father's people were from the County of Limerick in Ireland. Both cultures valued and kept their history alive by storytelling.

Patricia has earned a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in art and art history. She has studied in the U.S., England, France, Russia and Australia. She is a guest lecturer in many universities and has been awarded numerous honorary degrees in Arts and Letters. She has a distinguished record as an international advocate for the rights of children. She has also established literary and art courses of study for young people both nationally and internationally. She has traveled extensively to Russia and has established an art camp in Losovough, which thrives today. She has been honored by heads of state both at the Kremlin and the White House.

She is a member of the national First Amendment Coalition and has fought tirelessly for this cause. She is also known as a champion of classroom teachers in our country, a cause sharpened by her association with Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as a guest author and artist in residence. The tragic loss of both members of the faculty as well as children on Dec. 14, 2012, affected her life profoundly. The shock of this event caused her to collapse, be hospitalized and undergo open heart surgery to save her life. The grief of this set her on a path of establishing a series of lectures designed to raise the awareness of the plight of our classroom teachers as well as encouraging students to reach out to each other and include those who are perceived to be “different.” She has also designed an anti-bullying campaign that has earned her national recognition. Patricia conducts school visits all over the country. She is known as a natural storyteller and is highly praised for her work with people of all ages.

To date she has written and illustrated over 115 books for children. She is also a playwright and is in the process of penning for adults. She is a much-sought-after lecturer and keynote speaker and is considered one of the most inspiring speakers of our time.

Patricia is the mother of two grown children: Steven, a tenured professor at Dominican University in San Rafael, California; and a daughter, Traci, who has made a career in the medical field and also lives in California. Patricia lives on her farm estate in Union City, Michigan.

Guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services,, 419-3728495. Please notify us prior to the event.