Nevada County, California April 26, 2018 – The library is inviting the community to stroll on the streets and come into the library for Children’s Book Week and Screen-Free Week this year with a Storywalk® and author visit.

Picture book author Maggie Tokuda-Hall will be visiting the Madelyn Helling Library on April 30 to entertain and inspire young readers from 5-6 pm at a free event. She will be reading from her book Also an Octopus, the Library’s pick for a Storywalk® in downtown Nevada City. Pages of the book will be posted in participating businesses’ windows from April 30 through May 11, and can be viewed at any time during that period. Start the less-than-a-mile-long Storywalk® at Harmony Books at 130 Main Street, and end it at the Doris Foley Historical Library. Each page will have information on where to find the next page.

Tokuda-Hall will be speaking (and drawing) about her process for creating the book in an interactive presentation for all ages. She has a BA in Studio Art from Scripps College, and an MFA in Writing from University of San Francisco, and currently has two more books on the way. Books will be available for sale at the event.

Attendees can also pick up a Reading Pledge for Screen-Free Week at any branch on Monday, April 30, and anyone who makes a pledge will be able to pick up a prize. This partnership with Nevada County Public Health Department continues with a Family Game Night on Thursday, May 3, from 5-6:30 pm at Madelyn Helling Library. The library will have prizes available for participants, as well as games including Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Exploding Kittens, Code Names, chess, and more. No registration is necessary.

Join the Youth Librarian, Lisa Nowlain, for a pop-up library at the Winter Market at the Plaza on Union Street on May 5 from 9 am – noon for a craft activity and even to sign up for a library card.

For more information about Library Week programming, contact Lisa Nowlain at, 530-265-1541