North Valley Public Library hosts annual event March 1

Local Author Patricia Holmes and Daly Elementary third-grade student Lila Dufresne hold “Mayzee Mouse at the Fair,” Holmes newest book.

Meet local authors and enjoy tasty treats at the North Valley Public Library 24th annual Chocolate & Authors event today, Friday, March 1.

Local Author Patricia Holmes said the event will have over 20 authors.

“It will be a great experience for students to go there and talk to real authors,” she said. “There will be authors to talk to, buy their books and have them signed. There will be all kinds of chocolate treats, cheese, crackers and you can enjoy yourself with food. It is pretty neat event.”

The Chocolate & Authors event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the library and serve as a fundraiser to the Friends of the Library group. The funds will be used to make the library more enjoyable to patrons with items like armchairs, an art screen, a folding table or having the piano tuned. The funds also increase the library’s programing budget.

Holmes will have her three Toad books and her three Maize Mouse books with her for sale.

“It should be a fun time and a good thing,” Holmes said. “I’ve attended the last four or five years since I started writing.”

Holmes has dedicated her book “Mayzee Mouse at the Fair” to 4-H leaders and members of the 4-H club she led.

“I did the hamburger stand and was a judge at the horse show for years,” Holmes said. “I even conducted the 4-H camp for about 10-years, selecting and training leaders and counselors. It’s all been fun.”

Holmes taught school and helped students write and make books at Grantsdale School and Daly Elementary School, retiring four years ago. Now she visits schools to talk about her books and do art projects with the students.

Holmes is starting a new project of helping students in Gifted Specialist Arielle Rhodz’s SPECTRA class at Hamilton Middle School write their own book.

“They are going to work as teams and as one person is writing the story another is making all the pictures,” Holmes said. “We make our own book out of card board, contact paper and sew all the pages in. We make a book jacket. It is a neat project.”

Enjoy the Chocolate & Authors event and meet local authors while supporting the North Valley Public Library, 208 Main Street, in Stevensville. Admission is $5 for adults, kids under 12 receive free admission. There are door prizes and raffle tickets are available at the door or at the library desk.