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April 2, 2013

Local author, artist kick off new book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers

LEXINGTON — Linda Pack and Pat Banks will be kicking off the sale of their new book, “Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z,” Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington.

Pack, the book’s author, will conduct storytime in the children’s area of the bookstore at 11 a.m. Banks, the book’s illustrator, will join her at 2 p.m. for a book signing.

Pack is a retired Madison County Schools teacher and Eastern Kentucky University children’s literature teacher.

She taught for 25 years, during which time she was recognized with the Ashland Oil Teacher of the Year award.

Banks is a Richmond watercolor artist whose work has been featured in various publications and shown in juried fairs, shows, events and galleries throughout the region. She also is the Kentucky Riverkeeper.

The new book illustrates ways children entertained themselves in the late 1800s – a time before television, computers and video games.

The book not only uses vivid language to describe what and how children played, it also includes directions on how to play the games.

The book could be used as a resource for teachers and as a gift for anyone, at any age, who has grown up in Appalachia, according to a release from the publisher.

Pack and Bank’s first book, “A is for Appalachia,” also will be available for signing.

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