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Close to 1400 students visited Griffith City Library this week to get a head start on the annual Book Week celebrations.

Book Week 2018 officially runs from 18 - 24 August, however the Library got in early with special guest Jules Faber sharing his knowledge as an illustrator.

Jules is the illustrator of the popular Weirdo series by Anh Do, as well as The Kaboom Kid, Helix and the Arrival, and Leo DaVinci series.

Students from local primary and high schools attended sessions throughout the week, where Jules provided insight into his life as an illustrator as well as giving them the opportunity to learn some drawing techniques.

Griffith City Library Manager, Karen Tagliapietra, said it was a great thrill to have the multi-award-winning cartoonist and illustrator in the city.

“The students really enjoyed hearing from Jules and finding out how he creates his characters,” Ms Tagliapietra said.

“It was such an honour to have him here to help us celebrate Book Week.

“Here at the Library we have a big collection of books for younger readers. There is something to suit all ages, interests and ability.

“I encourage everyone to come along to the Library and find out what’s new.”

Book Week celebrations continue next week at the Library when debut author and former local Jeremy Hoare, writing as Jeremy Lachlan, returns home for a free event on Wednesday 22 August, 2018.

Jeremy will celebrate the launch of his adventure story Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds from 6pm to 7.30pm, with the event featuring a Q&A with the author, hosted by his long-time friend and fellow author, Brooke Davis (Lost & Found, 2014).

Jeremy grew up in Griffith and is the son of Robyn and the late Cedric Hoare, who was a former Griffith City Councillor. 

Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds is the first in an epic four-book series for readers 11 years + and follows a feisty teenager as she plunges into a deadly labyrinth between worlds to try to rescue her dad before an ‘exquisitely vile’ villain gets to him first. 

“It’s really exciting for us to have Jeremy home to launch his book,” Ms Tagliapietra said.

“Accompanying Jeremy will be critically acclaimed adult fiction author, Brooke Davis. Brooke’s debut novel, Lost and Found, saw her win two Australian Book Industry Awards in 2015: General Fiction Book of the Year and the Matt Richell New Writer of the Year. It’s an honour to host two high caliber authors at this event.”