2017-10-08 / News

Former and current teachers to hold book signing event at River Rapids District Library


Local authors Rosalee Tithof (left) and Julie (Shaw) Wenzlick (center), along with illustrator Mary Beningo, will be at the River Rapids District Library on Saturday, Oct. 14 for a book-signing event. 
Courtesy Photos Local authors Rosalee Tithof (left) and Julie (Shaw) Wenzlick (center), along with illustrator Mary Beningo, will be at the River Rapids District Library on Saturday, Oct. 14 for a book-signing event. Courtesy Photos Former Chesaning High School teachers Julie (Shaw) Wenzlick and Rosalee Tithof will donate copies of their recently published books to the River Rapids District Library in Chesaning on Oct. 14, when they will be on hand for book signings between 11 a.m. –1 p.m. Joining these authors will be Big Rock Elementary art teacher Mary Beningo, who illustrated Wenzlick’s latest children’s story, One Hungry Dragon.

Wenzlick has previously written three children’s books: Santa’s Dilemma: To Eat or Not to Eat; The Day Annabelle was Bitten by a Doodlebug; and The Day Maisie Picked a Daisy. Her granddaughters served as the inspiration for two of the stories, all of which are written in verse. She has visited area classrooms with her books and songs, and will continue to do so this school year. Her stories are being enjoyed by children ages 3-8.

“I am thrilled to have my book illustrated by my former student Mary Beningo,” Wenzlick said. “We talked about doing a book together back when she was in high school, and I’m glad that dream became a reality at last. She is a terrific artist, and I’m so happy for the children of Chesaning who are in her classes this year,” Wenzlick said.

Tithof has also found inspiration in her grandchildren with her books My Michigan Summer, Remembering Pop Pop, and her new release, Dancing with Great Grandma, illustrated by Carilyn Teichmann, of Owosso, who will also attend the event.

“I wanted to create a book for each of my ‘Bubbies’,” she explained. Dancing with Great Grandma focuses on her visits to her mother at Union Court Assisted Living. At that time, her one-year-old grandson, Law, loved to come along and listen to the weekly piano stylings of Dave Rusz. His delight in the music prompted Tithof to pick him up for a dance, and soon many of the residents and staff of Union Court joined in.

“The smiles and laughter amongst the residents touched my heart,” Tithof said. “I wanted to share this story with anyone who may have a loved one in an assisted living facility. Whether residents were in wheelchairs or using walkers, they all loved to participate in the music in any way they could.”

Union Court owner Kelly Cornford will provide punch and cookies for the signing event. “Rosalee’s books gives the staff at Union Court such a warm feeling and some wonderful memories,” Cornford said.

Fred Arndt, an artist and sculptor whose work also appears in Tithof’s book My Michigan Summer, designed several Christmas ornaments pictured in the book. His ornaments will be available at the event.

Library Director Sally Alexander is excited to host the authors. “I know these books will make great Christmas gifts, so I hope many people will take advantage of this opportunity to purchase a book from our talented local educators,” she said. A portion of the proceeds will go to the library.

For those who cannot attend the event, Tithof’s books are available on Amazon. Wenzlick’s books can be purchased at Hass Vision Center and Broad Street Pharmacy, or through her website: www.juliewenzlick.com

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