On April 18 during open lunch, authors from around the area visited the school and spoke to several students and PTO members in the library.
There were fourteen authors who made an appearance and donated their books. These authors were Russell Baker, Cordelia and Taylor Chamberlin, Richard Gillespie, Sarah Huntington, Gail Waldron, Dr. Charles Poland, Eugene Scheel, Suzanne Butts Shakleford, Bronwen and John Souder, Sandy Stein, and Ann Thomas.
Three authors that couldn’t attend, though donated books, were Geraldine Brooks, Howard Means, and Henry Taylor.
Russell Baker, born near Morrisonville and now living in Leesburg, has two Pulitzer prizes. His autobiography is called Growing Up, which includes vivid images of a past Loudoun County. He was first recognized by his column, Observer, in the New York Times.
This gathering was first presented to “build relationships between the school and the community,” said librarian Bob Kane.
In addition, Kane also wanted to commend Mrs. Marty Potts and Mr. Tim Brown for the efforts of outreach for our school. With these meetings, books mostly about local history were brought to the table, helping keep alive records of historic Loudoun County for our students and future generations.