Stories about stories

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October 10, 2002|By Molly Knight

Behind every storybook, there's a story. Tonight, the Children's Guild invites families to hear local authors talk about the tales behind their books.

Learn how six authors - Middleton Evans, Kevin Kallaugher, Mike Sackett, Kathryn Shapiro, Suzanne Molino and Rus VanWestervelt - come up with story ideas, create characters and, of course, write. Each author's discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

During the event, families are invited to tour the new library at the Children's Guild, a Northeast Baltimore school for emotionally disturbed children. Designed to appeal to kids who have difficulty reading, the library is free of any stuffiness. Instead, its decor resembles the outdoors. There are stars painted on the walls and an "outdoor" porch where kids can escape with a book.

"It's a really engaging library," said Maria Wydra, publicity coordinator for the Children's Guild. "And it's also reader-friendly for those kids who are intimidated by books."

The storytellers' evening begins at 7 p.m. The Children's Guild is at 6802 McClean Blvd. Call 410-444-3804.

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