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LAKE PLACID — Local author Benjamin Giroux will open the first Adirondacks Family Book Festival this Saturday with a deeply personal talk about the importance of supporting and listening to the voices of young people.

The festival will be held outdoors at John Brown Farm State Historic Site, 115 John Brown Road in Lake Placid, and is free and open to all ages. The festival grounds open at 9:30 a.m. and the day ends at 4 p.m. after a Youth Voices panel. In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved inside Lake Placid Middle-High School.

Giroux, now a rising high school student, was 10 when he wrote a poem titled “I’m weird, I’m new” about living with autism. With his reassuring message that being different is a good thing, Giroux has been the face of the National Autism Association’s anti-bullying campaign. His speech will begin at 9:50 a.m.

“I am delighted to be part of this festival, especially since it is the first year”, said Giroux, from his home in Plattsburgh. “It’s really cool that I start the day talking about the importance of giving kids a voice, especially kids on the spectrum.”

Adalyne Perryman, a senior English Literature student at SUNY Oneonta, and Olivia Mair, a freshman at Guilderland High School near Albany, helped plan the festival and will feature authors, help with arts and crafts and will participate in the Youth Panel of Voices.

“I grew up in Lake Placid, and especially at the Lake Placid Public Library,” said Perryman. “The books are intimately linked to my youth and I’m excited for the festival.”

Mayor added that “it’s great that we organize this festival because children like to read less these days and I want to know great authors and learn new books could inspire them to read again.”

Authors and artists will read and talk about their work and be available throughout the day to meet their readers and autograph books. In addition to Ben Giroux, they include: Tracey Baptiste, Jason Chin, Kyle Lukoff, Linda Sue Park, Amy Guglielmo, Kekla Magoon, Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Joseph Bruchac, Maxwell Eaton, III, Rajani LaRocca, Kate Messner and Laura Ruby.

Amy Guglielmo, Plattsburgh author/artist and Creative Director of Reading Rainbow Live, has planned crafts including flower and nature wreath making and bent creature puppets until 3 p.m. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic.

For more information on this year’s authors and the festival program, visit or contact John Brown Lives! at 518-744-7112 or [email protected]

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