On behalf of the Wilkinson Public Library I would like to express our gratitude to Remy Charlip, Brian Selznick, Erika Bradfield, Remy Jewell and the communities of Telluride, Ridgway, Mancos, Granby, Loveland and Naturita in making the 2011 Young People’s Literature Celebration a success.
Remy Charlip’s immense impact on the creative world will live forever through a legacy built on the authenticity of his artistic prowess and through the love of his innumerable admirers. The influence of Remy’s genius on Brian Selznick was cause for a flood of tears throughout the keynote Speech. Brian shared how Remy, as a choreographer, had turned all of life into a dance. Similarly Brian turns all of life into a story, illustrating how a childhood love of Remy’s talents influenced his life and work. The connection Brian established with the audience, especially the children, was palpable. The resonance was so strong one could physically feel the transference of inspiration to the next generation.
Erika Bradfield’s dedication to Remy Charlip led her to orchestrate an event in Telluride that was truly legendary. From coordinating the Charlip/Selznick art show to arranging Brain Selznick’s visit, and the book signings Erika crafted every aspect of the events with her remarkable expertise. Remy Jewell, her daughter, assisted flawlessly throughout.
Thank you to the Telluride Community for so generously granting the required resources: Friends of the Library, Jonathan Aronson and Joan Abrahamson, and Scholastic for assisting with funds for the event; Ah Haa School for the Arts for hosting the Charlip/Selznick art show through October 24; Between the Covers Books for hosting two book signings (The book store still has signed copies of both Selznick’s and Charlip’s books for sale!); Sheridan Opera House for providing the perfect venue for Brian’s Keynote; the technical wizardry of Dean Rolley, Telluride T.V., Scott Doser, Joe Huff, Ryan Wilson, and Cara Bunch in providing simulcasts; Lyndia McGauhey for performing Charlip’s chair dance; Schilling Gallery, Lustre Gallery and Telluride Gallery of Fine Art for providing exhibit cases; New Sheridan Hotel and Telluride Alpine Lodging for providing discounts; Village Market and Clark’s Market for donating all the fixings for the “Peanut Butter Party” based on Charlip’s book; the library marketing team of Ryan Wilson and Cara Bunch; the WPL staff – Megan, Jacquie, Tracy, Veneta, Elissa, Lara, Scott, Lisa, Alice, Maggie, Amy, Dan, Mike, Jena, Sarah, Andy and Barb who contributed to every aspect of this event and to our beloved Sally Davis and Elizabeth Tracy who began this inspiration!
We are grateful to all who participated including: the Telluride and Mountain Schools who endlessly gave their endorsement, Ridgway School District who prepared nearly 90 children for, “the best field trip ever,” for the libraries of Mancos, Granby, Loveland and Naturita who live streamed the event for their communities.
As always, we are appreciative of The Watch and The Daily Planet for their exceptional coverage.
– Paula Ciberay, Youth Services Interim Manager, Wilkinson Public Library