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With free picture-book based programming for adults and children, the Cape Ann libraries continue to ignite a community passion for literacy and art!

“When friends came over, I would show them the rock and tell them that it was salt. They would always ask to lick it, to see if it was true.”
-The Story of Salt, Mark Kurlansky / SD Schindler (illust)
'Day followed day,
         each one a little different
                 from the one before . . . 
                             but the Little House stayed
                                              just the same.'
                                              -The Little House
                                                      her-story
                                                            BY
                                               Virginia Lee Burton
'Sure,' said Mike, 'if you stay and watch us.
    We always work faster and better
        when someone is watching us.'
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, story and pictures by Virginia Lee Burton

“I am an artist when I find a face in a cloud or watch the light change the shape of a hill.”

-I am an Artist, Pat Lowery Collins / Robin Brickman (illust)

Most everyone can remember a touchstone picture book from their childhood. What was yours? 

"Their home was a boat with two wise eyes on the Yangtze river."

-The Story  About Ping, by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese

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The Cape Ann Reads logo was designed by Ashley Curcuru in 2015 when she was a high school senior and member of the Teen Artist Guild (TAG) at The Hive Cape Ann Art Haven art center downtown Gloucester, MA, , a Cape Ann Reads partner. "Gullliver" won the public naming contest  for the bespectacled gull.
 

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