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By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – The Delray Beach Public Library in partnership with the Children’s Service Council Healthy, Safe and Strong Fund has announced a virtual visit with Jarrett J. Krosoczka on Thursday, July 23rd at 11AM. The New York Times best-selling author and illustrator creates children’s books ‘with humor and heart’.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
First published at the age of 23, Krosoczka has more than thirty published books to his credit, press photo.

On July 23rd, the 45-minute program will focus on “Drawing on New Skills to Succeed in 3rd Grade”. During his virtual presentation Krosoczka will show students how he went from being a drawing-loving kid to a widely-published adult and how he brings his ideas from sketchbook to printed book.

Sarah Figgie, Head Librarian, Children’s Department, explains why this is so important. “When students are introduced to books in an engaging and fun way they are more likely to read. An author visit is an excellent way to encourage and promote reading for pleasure.”

Adding, “Students who enjoy reading are more likely to spend time reading and improve their skills. The more students can become enthusiastic about reading the more they will read and this greatly improves their chances to be at grade level”.

Krosoczka has a popular You Tube series, Draw Every Day with JJK, which guides young authors and illustrators through the steps of brainstorming, drafting, layout and revision to launch them into creating their projects.

The Delray Beach Public Library program on July 23rd will focus specifically on 3rd grade reading skills, and include a multimedia presentation, followed by a love draw together and a question and answer session.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
Jarrett J. Krosoczka has a popular You Tube series, ‘Draw Every Day with JJK’ started in March and already has fifty videos, image recreation.

In a press statement, the library says that all program registrants can pick up a take home bag from the Children’s Department of the Delray Beach Public Library that will contain a copy of Jarrett’s book, and drawing supplies.

Included in the bag will be information and activities on how to help your child stay on track with reading skills. To register for the program, go to their web site or email Sarah.Figgie@delraylibrary.org.

First published at the age of 23, Krosoczka has more than thirty published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars™: Jedi Academy: A New Class.

After the coronavirus closure, the Delray Beach Public Library re-opened to the public on Tuesday, May 21st, with regular hours from 9AM to 5PM, Mondays to Fridays. The library has implemented new procedures to help prevent the risk of spreading coronavirus for the safety of patrons and staff.

Virtual learning activities are more important then ever as on July 8th, the Palm Beach County (PBC) School Board met with the Reopening Task Force for their third and final ‘Board Workshop’ to review reopening plans, and decided it was not safe to open school campuses given the surging growth of COVID-19 cases with no end in sight.

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