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Our Founders – The Rubini Family
14th Annual Claire’s Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd., Maumee, OH 43537
Join us for a spectacular day at the Maumee branch, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library as we celebrate life, authors, illustrators and reading excellence.
Thinking of attending? Please take a look at the highlights for the day.
A big thank you to all of our sponsors this year!
Claire’s Day is Northwest Ohio’s largest children’s book festival! Celebrating the life of Claire Lynsey Rubini who passed away at age 10. This 14 year old tradition grows each year as more than 6,000 people venture to Maumee to join in the fun! Claire’s Day shares Claire’s love of reading with children and families.
When you join us you will be able to
- Meet children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers!
- Enjoy live music, hands-on craft area (all free)
- Participate in fun activities at the park
- Visit the Barnes & Noble Book Sale area, purchase books and then have the author or illustrator sign your book for you!
- Purchase food, t-shirts and other fun book items.
It really is all FREE thanks to our generous donors! But bring along money for food, beverages, t-shirts and book purchases!
We are very proud to present this year’s participating authors and illustrators! To learn more, visit their individual websites!
Marilyn Weymouth Seguin
Laurence St. John
Thank you for your support on Giving Tuesday!
We thank our donors and volunteers EVERY DAY! Today we would like to thank you, our facebook, twitter and web friends for your donations to #GivingTuesday. Over 12 new donors or time and treasures reaching over $1560.00 this year! We will continue to share our stories and student success with you all year long! Thank you Toledo Community Foundation, Inc.and our Anonymous Donor — because of you we will be working to secure a “double match” for these gifts!
Show your support on Giving Tuesday!
There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday for shoppers to get deals on gifts for those they love over the holidays. And now, there’s #GivingTuesday™ – a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It started in New York to celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. In 2014, Northwest Ohio nonprofits are participating, too, including Claire’s Day.
If you’d like to show your support for Clare’s Day this Giving Tuesday, please fill out our donation form and make a donation on December 2nd!
Click Here to View the 2014 Event Programs and C.A.R.E. Awards
Toledo Rotary Foundation awards $5,000 grant to expand Claire’s Day Author Visits to five new Toledo Public Schools
On March 1, 2013, the Toledo Rotary Foundation and its Club Board of Directors awarded a grant of $5,000 to expand the Claire’s Day School Visit Program to five new Toledo Public Schools.
The Claire’s Day Authors School Visit Program connects Midwestern authors and illustrators to local schools as a way to enhance the studentsʼ literary experience. These visits include entertaining, experiential, educational presentations and story telling that encourage students to use their imaginations, enjoy literature, and to pursue reading as a regular activity. Since the authors and illustrators describe their creative process and the process of publishing a childrenʼs book, students also get an understanding of how a book arrives completed in their hands. In 2012, an estimated 10,000 local students participated in authors’ visit at 19 schools.
The $5,000 grant from the Toledo Rotary Foundation will help to cover the cost of the author’s and illustrator’s honorarium for five Toledo Public Schools that have not previously participated in this program. It will also provide $195 worth of books to each school to expose the students to the authorʼs or illustrator’s books prior to the visit.
**Update 5/8/2013: The five Toledo Public Schools that are participating this year include Beverly Elementary, Keyser Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Reynolds Elementary, and Walbridge Elementary.
“We are thrilled to be able to expand the Author School Visit Program into these Toledo Public Schools for the first time,” said Claire’s Day Executive Director Heather Gallant. “Claireʼs Day was founded to inspire all children to be lifelong readers, and we couldn’t accomplish this mission without the generous financial support from community partners like the Toledo Rotary Foundation to cover the costs of such a worthwhile learning opportunity.”
The Toledo Rotary Foundation was established to support the educational and charitable efforts of the Rotary Club of Toledo. Foundation funding is made possible through the generous contributions of members of the Rotary Club of Toledo and its friends.
Claire’s Day awards grants totaling $3,800 to local schools
As a part of its Authors School Visit program, Claire’s Day connects authors and illustrators to local schools as a way to enhance students’ literary experience. On Thursday, February 21, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., representatives from schools participating in this program attended a reception at Barnes & Noble on Monroe Street to receive their School Visit Program Grant.
The 2013 Claire’s Day grant recipients included:
- Anthony Wayne Local Schools: Monclova Elementary
- Defiance: Defiance Elementary
- Maumee: Fort Miami Elementary, Wayne Trail Elementary, Fairfield Elementary
- Northwood Elementary Schools
- Perrysburg: Fort Meigs Elementary, Toth Elementary
- Rossford Elementary Schools
- Springfield Local Schools: Halloway Elementary
- Swanton: Park Elementary
- Toledo: Queen of the Apostles School, Bennett Venture Academy, Grove Patterson Academy, Rosary Cathedral School, Gesu School
School visits include entertaining, experiential, educational presentations and storytelling that encourage students to use their imaginations, enjoy literature, and pursue reading as a regular activity. Since the authors and illustrators describe their creative process and the process of publishing a children’s book, students also get an understanding of how a book arrives completed in their hands.
Schools had the option of selecting a $200 cash grant to help cover the cost of the author’s or illustrator’s honorarium, or a donation of books to expose the students to the authorʼs or illustrator’s books prior to the visit. This grant is made possible by charitable gifts from Claire’s Day donors and sponsors.
At the grant reception, school representatives received their award, learned more about Claire’s Day’s programs and services, and had the opportunity to brainstorm together about ways they could enhance their students’ experiences by integrating the author’s and illustrator’s work into their school day prior to the school visit.