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Kids Kick Off Summer! Peabody Institute Library: June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


School’s out for summer! If you see Boz – the human cannonball from The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin – rocketing over Peabody, don’t be surprised!! Elinor will be visiting the Peabody Institute Library (82 Main Street) on Monday, June 27, 2016 for hijinks and chicken-poo-fueled activities. There will be fun for kids of all ages – but especially tweens and middle graders.


ben-whitehouse-illustrator-chicken3Readings, Sales & Signings

Elinor will be doing an interactive reading at 1:30 p.m. and will need some help with the sound effects! Hardcover books will also be available for sale, all ready to be dedicated to you or your friends.

Create Your Own LEGO® Invention

The universe is the limit! Construct your own dragons, internal combustion engines, or out-of-this-world inventions with LEGO®. Don’t forget to ask your parents to take a picture of your creation – they can email it to Elinor to feature in her news blog.

Boz’s Crazy Word Play

That sneaky verbal acrobat, Boz, is running amok in the games department! He’s put together free game handouts to take home and share. If you like word finds, anagrams, and mad libbish silliness, this is the place to be.

Full Steam Ahead! – Immersive Steam Engine Experience


As John Coggin discovers, steam engines may just be the coolest – and hottest – things on the planet. Examine a working steam engine model and draw plans for your own steam-powered racing vehicle.

Book Raffle

Visitors (of every age) will have the chance to win books from Walden Pond Press, a collaboration between HarperCollins and Walden Media to create the next generation of middle grade classics!

Grand Prize: 1 lucky winner receives Crisis Zero by Chris Rylander, The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton, Guys Read: Terrifying Tales, and Minion by John David Anderson.

Bonus Prizes: 9(!) more winners receive a copy of Crisis Zero by Chris Rylander.


Write Your Own Ending

Dreaming of becoming a writer some day? After each reading, Elinor will invite listeners to write about what happens next to John Coggin and his best friend Boz. Read more about her Kid Story Showcase.

Chock full of crazy characters and silly words, Elinor’s humorous adventure for boys and girls (ages 8-12) has already received a Kirkus Starred Review. Published by Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins, it’s available through Amazon, IndieBound, and all major booksellers.

Read more about the book…


June 27, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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82 Main Street
Peabody, MA 01960 United States
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