Carroll Community College Hosts the 22nd Annual Penguin Random House Book Fair

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Public & Corporate Relations Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
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Featuring The New York Times Best-Selling Author Jamie Ford and Illustrator Suzanne Kaufman

New College Lynx Mascot to be Revealed to the Community

Westminster, Md., February 15, 2019—Carroll Community College (Carroll), in partnership with Penguin Random House, will host the annual Penguin Random House Book Fair on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2019. Admission to the Book Fair is free.

“We are pleased to host this popular community gathering for readers of all ages,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “This year’s event will once again provide two days of fun for families, celebrating reading and encouraging literacy as well as supporting students who attend the College. One hundred percent of the event proceeds are used for scholarships. We’ve also been eagerly awaiting the debut of our Lynx Mascot, so we are thrilled the community will finally get to meet our newest and most spirited member of the College at the Fair. It will be an exciting day for everyone who attends.”

“We are so proud to have our name on this signature event in Carroll County,” said Annette Danek-Akey, Senior Vice President of Fulfillment at Penguin Random House. “The Book Fair is a fun-filled, and educational, two days and deepens the joy of reading for both children and adults.”

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday March 1, the Book Fair begins with the pre-sale of more than 5,000 adult and children’s books offered at a 20 percent discount.  At 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., the popular Family Movie Night will feature “Ralph Breaks the Internet” in the Theater in the Scott Center. Tickets are $3 per person and can be purchased between February 25 and February 28 by calling 410-386-8150, or in-person at the Theater starting at 4 p.m. on March 1.

Friday’s activities will also feature “An Evening with Jamie Ford,” presented by Carroll County Public Library. Ford is The New York Times best-selling author of Love and Other Consolation Prizes, Songs of Willow Frost and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Admission is $15 and includes a copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.  Set in Seattle in the 1940s, the novel explores the impact of World War II on the lives of Japanese Americans during that time. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Bollinger Conference Center, Room K100. To register online please go to Carroll County Public Library’s website:

On Saturday March 2, the Book Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Babylon Great Hall and other areas throughout the College. Carroll’s new Lynx Mascot will be available for photos between 9 am and Noon. Attendees can also look forward to annual favorites such as Professor Wizard’s Wonders of Science Show at 1 p.m. and Children’s Story Time at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. hosted by the Carroll County Public Library. Children can also enjoy hands-on craft and STEM activities, gym activities, a scavenger hunt, concessions, and free books for children (while supplies last). Some require a $3 wristband.


Saturday attendees can join the Book Talk at 9:45 am with Suzanne Kaufman, the Penguin Random House illustrator of The New York Times best-selling picture book All are Welcome, which celebrates diversity in a school setting. In addition to inspiring children through her workshops and books, Kaufman is an accomplished animator of special effects for Universal and Discovery, the animation lead on award-winning games, and a teacher of illustration and animation across the globe.  

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. local Penguin Random House Children’s Books Author Laura Shovan will lead “En Garde!: Choreographing an Action Scene,” a workshop aimed at upper elementary and middle school students.  Using Nerf swords, students will create, choreograph and act out an original action sequence. A longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council, Laura Shovan’s debut middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, has won numerous awards.  

From 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Theater in the Scott Center, all ages are welcome to participate in a lively improv workshop. An independent team from Baltimore will give participants a taste of improvisational theater. Immediately following the workshop at 3 p.m., there will be a family friendly show by the improvisers where they will perform scenes inspired by audience suggestions.

A silent auction will again be part of this year’s Book Fair. Bidding opens on February 27 and closes at 3 p.m. on March 2 and can be found at:

“I want to thank our partner Penguin Random House, our generous sponsors, our dedicated and hardworking Book Fair committee, and the many volunteers who make this event a success, as they have for many years before and will for many years to come,” said Steve Wantz, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the College Foundation for Carroll. “The Book Fair provides much needed scholarship support for students so they can continue to read, learn, and pursue their dreams at Carroll.”


Carroll Community College’s mission is Empowering learners. Changing lives. Building community. Carroll Community College (Carroll) provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers, enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. Carroll offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 136,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at