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Words Are Wonderful 2018

Celebrating our 21st year

A Festival of Language

October 15 - 19, 2018

Words Are Wonderful is an annual, community-wide celebration of the power and magic of words. Enjoy these FREE events and support the Williamstown Elementary School’s love of language.


Monday, October 15

Author Ty Allan Jackson


Ty Allan Jackson is a children’s book author, publisher, literacy advocate, two-time TEDx presenter and motivational speaker. He travels across the country empowering children of all ages about the joy and power of reading. Ty is also the co-founder of the Read Or Else movement, created to shine a light on the problem of illiteracy and to provide books to children in homeless shelters across America. He is the author of Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire, The Supadupa Kid, You are Amazing/I am Amazing illustrated by Eddie Taylor and Jolene Bull and When I Close My Eyes illustrated by Jonathan Shears. You can learn more about Ty and his mission to promote literacy at BigHeadBooks.com and ReadOrElse.com.

Ty will give a presentation at 8:45 am for the pre-K through second graders, and he will run Writing Workshops in each of the second grade classes. 


Tuesday, October 16

Author Michelle Cuevas


Michelle Cuevas is the author of The Town of the Turtle illustrated by Catia Chien, The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole, Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow illustrated by Sydney Smith, The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles illustrated by Caldecott medalist Erin E. Stead, Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier, Beyond the Laughing Sky illustrated by Julie Morstad, and The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant illustrated by Ed Young. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, a national bestseller, was named best book of the year by Time, People, The Boston Globe and School Library Journal. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages. Michelle also writes for animated films.

Michelle will give a presentation at 9:45 am for the third through sixth graders, and she will run Writing Workshops in each of the fourth grade classes.

Milne Public Library Pre-School Story Hour

Graphic Designer Erin Keiser-Clark Leads an Art Activity, “I Treasure My Words”

Welcome Pre-schoolers!  Through art, construction and open imagination, we will explore how words are building blocks to new reflections. Using their own words, preschoolers will create personal "construction materials" with which to build 3-dimensional early language creations, then take this "treasure" home in their very own treasure chests to re-approach, re-create, expand and explore again and again. Come be curious literary artists with us!

10:30 am David & Joyce Milne Public Library



Wednesday, October 17

Literary Character Parade

Come to school dressed as your favorite book character or word. Remember to bring the book in which your character lives; you will march with it in hand. We’ll parade in front of the school and for our neighbors at the Harper Center. Spectators welcome!


9:00 am in front of WES, Church Street


WES PTO Book Fair

Hundreds of wonderful new books for sale! Contest, drawings, prizes! Gift certificates available. Proceeds help fund books for WES classrooms. All are welcome!


Note: Closed during the Character Parade on Wednesday morning.


8:30 am-4:30 pm    WES auditorium


Wednesday Word Games & Books

Students in grades 1-6 are invited to stay and play with PTO parents and Williams College students. Come play Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle and more, and/or enjoy the books. Read aloud to a friend, or listen to someone read aloud to you.


Note: Enrollment is limited to 30 students. Check WES News for information on how to sign up.


1:30 - 3:00 pm        WES Library


Thursday, October 18th

Milne Story Hour

Toddler storytime (all ages welcome but stories geared to toddlers)

10:30 am David & Joyce Milne Public Library                                                                                



Community Readers  


Community members share favorite stories with students in grades Pre-K - 4.


2:15-3:00 pm        Classrooms

WES PTO Book Fair

Hundreds of wonderful new books for sale! Contest, drawings, prizes! Gift certificates available. Proceeds help fund books for WES classrooms. All are welcome!


8:30 am-4:30 pm    WES auditorium


TV Studio Production Field Trip @Willinet Studio

Lights, camera, action! Try your hand at all aspects of studio production during this after-school workshop for nine 5th and 6th grade students. Students enter a lottery to reserve a spot!


3:15-5:15 pm Meet in the school lobby and walk with parent chaperone to the Willinet Studio. Parents pick up children at the studio.


Grand Book Fair Night & Pizza Dinner

Fun for the whole family—extended book fair hours and a pizza dinner. Proceeds from the Book Fair help fund books for WES classrooms. The pizza dinner is a fundraiser for the 6th grade’s spring trip to Cape Cod. All are welcome!


5:00-7:30 pm        WES Auditorium

5:00-7:00 pm        Pizza dinner in WES cafeteria


Friday, October 19th


Berkshire Theatre Group at the ‘62 Center

BTG will perform Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Tree House Adventure, based on Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osborne, book and lyrics by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne, music and lyrics by Randy Courts and directed by Travis Daly.


1:00 pm            WES students and staff depart for ‘62 Center

1:30-2:30 pm         ‘62 Center, all grades watch production

2:30 pm WES students and staff walk back to WES


WES PTO Book Fair

Hundreds of wonderful new books for sale! Contest, drawings, prizes! Gift certificates available. Proceeds help fund books for WES classrooms. All are welcome!


8:30 am-4:30 pm     WES auditorium





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