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Bestselling author/illustrator Susan L. Roth will lead paper collage workshop Sept. 18

BOONE—Children’s book illustrator and author Susan L. Roth will lead a workshop on found paper and fabric collage for area children, teachers and adults Friday, Sept.18, at 3 p.m. at the Watauga County Public Library.

Titled “Let’s Hold Hands” the workshop will teach attendees how to make self-portrait paper dolls using the medium of collage. The free workshop will be followed by a book-signing. Because seating is limited, registration is required by calling Judith Weincoff at the library at 264-8784 or by registering in person. The registration deadline is Sept. 14.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, Watauga County Public Library staff will host a collage workshop for children and their parents beginning at 11 a.m. During the workshop, children will create self-portrait dolls using the collage medium. The dolls will be exhibited at the county library, after which, they will be sent to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in New York where they will be displayed as part of a larger exhibit Susan Roth is coordinating.

The workshops are sponsored by the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library and the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library at Appalachian State University.

Roth is the illustrator and co-author of the children’s book “Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.” Using papers and fabrics from around the world, Roth created beautiful collage illustrations to tell this amazing story.

Roth will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Library Advisory Board Fundraising Dinner Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. For more information on this event, contact Lynn Patterson at 828.262.2087 or visit

In conjunction with Roth’s workshop and earlier talks on campus by humanitarian Greg Mortenson, Neighborhood Karma Krew has been working with students in Watauga County schools to collect pennies for the Pennies for Peace international service-learning program. Monies raised through this project will be contributed to Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute and be used to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.