Walking Books Library giving away 10 kids’ books to celebrate artist Bryan

EAST DIXFIELD — Appalachia North’s Walking Books Library is giving away 10 copies of Ashley Bryan’s book “Beautiful Blackbird” in honor of the release of the Cranberry Isles resident’s memoir.
Bryan, 96, an artist and children’s author, details his service in World War II, including storing art supplies in his gas mask, up to the present day. The memoir, “Infinite Hope,” will be released Oct. 15 by publisher Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Not a typical memoir, the book is filled with illustrations and photos, said a news release from Walking Books Library.
Walking Books Library will give away the children’s book “Beautiful Blackbird,” as well as make the memoir avaiable for month-long lending, as well as Bryan’s book of puppetry and some of his many children’s books, including “I Am Loved.”
Additionally, in honor of this multi-talented Mainer who is well known internationally, but less known locally, Walking Books Library will offer 10 free copies of his books yearly. Check back for which goodies are available each year.
Appalachia North is a group of arts and literacy-based volunteers who run Walking Books Library and are also always looking to partner with people for other projects that fit their motto: Teeny-tiny projects that teach, transform or tickle you pink.
For a free copy of “Beautiful Blackbird,” or to borrow one of Bryan’s other books including “Infinite Hope,” call Walking Books Library 207-491-3672.
For more information on Ashley Bryan, visit the Ashley Bryan Center at ashleybryancenter.org.