Children’s author helps library rev up reading festival

The secret of success is not being a slob — at least for writers, according to children’s author Robin Muller.

The 59-year-old writer and illustrator, best known for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, was visiting the Albert Campbell Library to share his secrets with students on Friday.

Muller asked the students what they thought was important to remember when making good work.

“No matter what you are working on, you can’t be a slob,” he said. He explained the importance of taking time to do the best work you can to show other people.

Muller’s visit was part of the Toronto libraries’ Keep Toronto Reading Festival taking place all April.

The Toronto Public Library is offering a citywide celebration of books and reading with more than 80 events across the city — featuring readings, panel discussions, performances and a chance to meet favourite writers and celebrities.

Librarian Naomi Fisher added that, along with author visits, the popular Keep Toronto Reading “journals” are back.

The libraries scatter 99 journals around the city, one for every library branch. If you find one, you can pick it up,  write about a book you love and pass it on.

“There will be 40 journals at fixed locations that can be used at anytime,” Fisher said. “The others will be scattered around the city and you’ll have to keep your eyes open to find them. One could be on a subway, or another one might be at a coffee shop.”

In addition, the libraries are making it easier for you to find a journal this year by placing 40 in fixed locations at select bookstores and coffee shops — as well as with two bookmobiles.

To find out about the different authors and events at your local library, stop in at the branch or visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ktr/.