Central New York, Community, Education, Syracuse

Goals for the First Ever Central New York Literary Festival

The children’s section of the library. Part of the new modern space the library plans to utilize during the CNY Literary Festival. (c) Matt Dzenawager 2018

Listen here to find out about the goals behind the CNY Literary Festival being held on November 30th. They will host public readings and author signings, as well as offer hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Audio Transcript: CNY Literary Festival

By Matt Dzenawager SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — On November 30th, the first ever Central New York Literary Festival is being held at the The Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville. The library is located on Jamesville Road. 

Paralibrarian for Public Relations at the Library, Brian Abbott, explained how the library designed the event to appeal to people of all ages. 

“Let’s do something for both children and adults,” he said, “because adults in the evening they don’t have to worry about getting a babysitter or something they can actually bring their kids to the event.”

The event will feature published authors to reflect their desire to draw all ages. Published authors of children’s books, fiction, genre fiction, local interest, and narrative nonfiction will be in attendance. Over 20 authors have already confirmed their attendance for the event.

The library believes their modern space with comfortable seating is ideal for this event. Having the event after normal library hours will allow them to use the entire space.

“This space is designed so that we can have the authors read in one location we have our community rooms that can be used for booths, tables to be set up so that the authors can interact with the public, sign their books, display what they have,” Abbott said. “And to have activities both in the in the children’s room and on the adult aide of things so it’s a space that allows us to use the full scope of the library.”

Abbot says one of the main reasons the library decided to have the first ever CNY Literary festival is because no other library in the local area has an event like this. They want to model the event after a similar festival in Rochester: the Rochester Literature Festival.

“In other locations, like Rochester, you might have an event that takes place,” Abbot said. “There really wasn’t anything for this particular for Onondaga County, for the surrounding counties that really brought authors together.”