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Breakfast with the Authors
November 10, 2018 @ 8:30 am$15
Helping children reach their full potential is the theme of this year’s Breakfast with the Authors, sponsored by The Friends of the Racine Public Library. The Breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh Street, Racine. Registration by November 3 and prepayment are required.
Charles “Chuck” Tyler, a retired director of Racine’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, published Youth in the Center of My Heart, in November 2017. It is the story of his journey from his own youth, growing up in Cairo, Ill., to his many years working with Racine’s youth.
The book’s purpose is to serve as a compass for today’s youth as they make their way through what, at times, can seem like “hell on Earth.” Tyler wants to share his struggles, and all that he learned from them, with young people today with the hope that they will be inspired. “I want them to be able to have a vision like I had growing up.
Anita D’Abbraccio & Tiffany Stevenson’s White Teacher/Black Mama is a heart-warming memoir about the friendship that developed as they worked together to address Tiffany’s son Oscar’s troubled behavior. D’Abbraccio is an educator at Racine’s Jerstad-Agerholm Elementary School, who specializes in helping children with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities, using positive behavioral techniques and a deep sense of empathy to help students coping with trauma, neglect, abuse, and poverty. Stevenson is currently studying early childhood education at Grand Canyon University.
In addition to recounting the impressive gains that Oscar made in school, the book shows the development of a friendship between two people from different backgrounds. “Our world was so different from her world,” D’Abbraccio said. The two authors mix humor with race to highlight their different experiences.
Barbara Ali spent the bulk of her adult life traveling the world during a career with the US Air Force. An avid photographer, world traveler, adventurer, and mom, she lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her youngest child, Omar, who was born with Down Syndrome, has been her inspiration for creating a life filled with fun and for writing a series of travel books (Omar’s Adventures) for children describing their adventures in the US and abroad. His love of the outdoors, along with his free spirit, spurred her to do and see more.
Registration is Required
Registration by November 3 and prepayment are required. The cost for members of The Friends of the Racine Public Library is $15; cost for non-members is $18. You can register online at rplfriends.org using a credit card; at the Circulation Desk of the library, using cash, check or credit card; or, mail a check payable to Friends of the Racine Public Library to Breakfast with the Authors, c/o Racine Public Library, 75 7th Street, Racine, WI 53403. Please include the names of everyone in your party.
Check-in for the event starts at 8:30 am. A catered, buffet breakfast begins at 9:00 am, followed by a brief annual meeting. The authors’ presentations begin at 10:00, followed by book signings.
Park free in the library and Memorial Hall metered lots until 1:00 p.m. Street meters and the Sixth Street lot will NOT be free. Questions? Contact Jill Hartmann at 262-637-5305.