Carroll Community College Presents the Annual Penguin Random House Book Fair

Release Date
Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
Press Release

Carroll Community College (Carroll) will celebrate the Annual Penguin Random House Book Fair on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster. This year marks 20 years of celebrating literacy through author book talks, book sales, and activities that are popular with visitors of all ages. Over the past nineteen years, the Penguin Random House Book Fair has raised over $600,000 to benefit Carroll students.

Upcoming Highlights on March 3 and 4, 2017
The Annual Penguin Random House Book Fair will commence on March 3 beginning at 1:00 p.m. with a Preview and Pre-sales afternoon which will include discounted book sales and other fun activities.

That evening, two showings of the movie Trolls will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Tickets to the movies can be purchased by phone at 410-386-8150 from February 27- March 2 and in person at the theater on March 3 beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person.

On Saturday, March 4, the Book Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the Book Fair is free and open to the public. The event features discounted books, food, fun and activities including story time, crafts, free books for children and STEM activities all day long. Professor Wizard brings his Wonders of Science Show to the theater at 1:00 pm and Winners of the Student Writing Contest will read excerpts from their entries at 2:30 pm. For a complete schedule of activities, visit

National author appearances at the upcoming Book Fair include presentations and signings by Chris Eliopoulos and Stacey Ballis. Eliopoulos is a cartoonist and illustrator who began his illustration career as a “letterer” for Marvel and has worked on thousands of comics including Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers and Cow Boy. Ballis is the author of nine novels including Wedding Girl and Recipe for Disaster. She was an educator for more than fifteen years and served as the Director of Education and Community Programs for Goodman Theater before pursuing a full-time career in writing and consulting.

The event, which began in 1997, has garnered a reputation as one of Carroll County’s favorite events.  In addition to being a unique venue for exploring various genres of writing and for meeting national authors, it’s also become a popular activity for families in and around the county.

Reflections on the Book Fair
“Carroll is proud to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Book Fair in 2017,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “I can say with assurance the college and our Penguin Random House partners have assembled a world- class celebration of literacy.  I thank all of our patrons who have attended the Book Fair in support of our students; and, I gratefully acknowledge our sponsors and the thousands of hours of time and talent provided by our staff, volunteers and the exceptionally dedicated staff at Penguin Random House.”

“Penguin Radom House is proud to partner with Carroll, a premier, two-year educational institution in the State of Maryland, in its fundraising efforts to help students,” said Annette Danek-Akey, senior vice president, Fulfillment at Penguin Random House. “I am amazed by how the Book Fair has grown from its humble beginnings twenty years ago to an event now attended by thousands.  We have accomplished this growth and success through the work and commitment of many dedicated people.  Penguin Random House supports and encourages volunteering. Our employees, at all levels, are active, enthusiastic participants in the annual Book Fair.  We recognize the importance of literacy, job skills and education, believe in being a good neighbor, and remain a committed partner to the success of the community college.”

“As Executive Director of the Foundation at Carroll for the past fifteen years, I see the important roles that this event holds in our community,” said Steve Wantz. “It starts with creating an opportunity for people of all ages, especially young children, to instill a love for reading. I see the results of public support in the form of the scholarships generated from the event. Scholarships truly impact and change the lives of our fellow citizens in Carroll County.  We are deeply humbled and grateful for the support of everyone who has supported us throughout the years.”
For more information about the Book Fair, visit