Library program brings book to life

14711503_10154606780152445_2158404441560946861_oBook-It Repertory Theatre of Seattle will bring the award-winning book “Last Stop on Market Street” to life at several North Central Regional Library branches in December.

It is a story of a young boy riding a city bus with his grandmother and questioning why they don’t have a car. As they interact with fellow passengers, CJ’s grandmother helps him to see the beauty in the world around him.

last-stop-medalsIn one scene, as they step off the bus into a run-down neighborhood where they will serve meals to people in need, CJ asks his grandmother, “How come it’s always so dirty over here?” She smiled and pointed to the sky. “Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt, CJ, you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.”

The performance will be in Spanish and English.

Earlier this year, “Last Stop on Market Street” was awarded one of the highest honors in children’s books — the John Newbery Medal for literature — and also received a Caldecott honor for illustration. Author Matt de la Peña is the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery.

Here is the performance schedule:

Monday, Dec. 19
Ephrata Public Library, 2 p.m.
Moses Lake Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 20
Leavenworth Public Library, 10 a.m.
Wenatchee Public Library, 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 21
Chelan Public Library, 11 a.m.
Brewster Public Library, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 22
Omak Public Library, 10 a.m.
Twisp Public Library, 3 p.m.

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