Book fair back in Sept.

Herald Intern

The 27th annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair is on the horizon. On Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., families can head to Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to buy books, meet costumed characters and authors and participate in other activities.

Rebecca Janowitz, a previous organizer of the event who still assists the group, said the goal of the event was to “have fun, celebrate reading and celebrate books.”

“Reading is not some terrible thing you’ll only do on standardized tests,” Janowitz said. “It’s actually a wonderfully creative thing.”

Every year, local non-profits and museums, including the Oriental Institute, come to organize activities for participating families.

“People offer all kinds of hands on activities — little projects and bookmark making,” Janowitz said, explaining that children will be able to participate in activities at several tables at the event.

This year’s fair will include costumed characters from “Maisy,” “Strega Nona” and “Curious George.”