The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Pleasanton Lincoln Library at 752 Main St. on April 21 at noon. Library board members and chamber members are invited to participate in the event, officially opening the doors at the new location.
Special guest Andrea Warren will speak at the Open House at 1:30 p.m., after an introduction by Adrian Zink, new superintendent at the Mine Creek Battlefield Historical Site. Warren writes about young people who have experienced significant challenges in history. All of them have been resilient and resourceful, and have found ways to use their misfortunes to help others. Warren’s presentation will be followed by a short question-and-answer session and she will be available to personalize two of her books for lucky door prize winners.
Warren grew up in Newman Grove, Nebraska, and her small town roots led her to accept this speaking engagement. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a master’s degree in British Literature. While teaching high school English and history in Hastings, Nebraska, she wrote her first stories for publication. She moved to Lawrence, Kansas, to complete a master’s degree in magazine journalism at the University of Kansas. After briefly editing a magazine and working as a newspaper reporter, she began her career as a freelance writer, contributing to many major magazines. She also began writing books. In 1996, Houghton Mifflin published her first nonfiction book for young readers, Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story. Encouraged by the success of this book, she followed it with other books for young readers. They include Pioneer Girl: Growing Up on the Prairie; Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps; We Rode the Orphan Trains; Escape From Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy; Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg, and Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London. Her books have won many awards, including the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Orphan Train Rider.
A complete set of Warren’s books have been donated to the library by Farmer’s State Bank. Refreshments, tours and door prizes will be available throughout the event, which is open to all.