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Children’s book illustrator Susan L. Roth to speak at fundraiser benefitting Appalachian’s library

listentothewind_t.jpgBOONE—Children’s book author and illustrator Susan L. Roth will be the featured author at the Carol G. Belk Library and Information Common’s annual library advisory board fundraising dinner at Appalachian State University.

The dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, a portion of which is tax deductible.  Books will be available for sales and signing following the dinner.

The event is sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library and the University Bookstore at Appalachian.

Proceeds will benefit The Library Student Employee Scholarships. For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087. The deadline for paid reservations is Sept. 11.

Roth is the illustrator and co-author of the children’s book “Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.”  “Listen to the Wind,” which has been on the New York Times children’s books bestseller list for 29 weeks, presents the story of former mountain climber Greg Mortenson’s efforts to build his first school in Korphe, Pakistan. Using papers and fabrics from around world, Roth has created beautiful collage illustrations to tell this amazing story.

In her presentation, Roth will discuss her collaboration with Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” and Julia Bergman, president emeritus of the Central Asia Institute, which raises donations to fund Mortenson’s school construction projects. Roth also will discuss the epiphany she had when she discovered the relationship between her artistic medium – collage – and the beautiful decorative needlework of the women of Korphe.

Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” was the summer reading selection for incoming freshmen at Appalachian and the selection for Watauga County’s “one county, one book” reading initiative.  Watauga County schools have become involved by participating in community programs inspired by the book, including Pennies for Peace, an international service-learning program with tens of thousands of participants around the globe.

Roth is an engaging speaker and the author and illustrator of more than 40 books, including the multiple award winning “Leon’s Story,” which has a North Carolina connection.  It tells the story of Leon Tillage, a sharecropper’s son in 1940s North Carolina. Tillage’s words describe a time when Klansmen and Jim Crow laws ruled the South. In black and white collage, Roth pays homage to the power of Leon’s story.

The Library Student Scholarship Fund was created in 2007 to support the education of student assistants who perform vital library tasks. The library has awarded three $500 scholarships for fall semester. To qualify, students are recommended by their supervisor and must complete an application with a brief essay describing how working in the library has impacted their education.

In addition, Stephen Shoemaker’s 39-by-31-inch limited edition prints of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at night will also be available for a donation of $500. The donation will support a student scholarship to be named in honor of the donor.