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Children's author Susan Roth speaks April 5 at ASU

Article Published: Mar. 31, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Susan Roth, the noted children's author whose project, "Let's Hold Hands," has reached across the world, will return to Appalachian State University Tuesday, April 5, to present an update on the project and open an exhibit of her collages. Her visit is sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons.

"Let's Hold Hands Again" is the topic of Roth's talk at 3:30 p.m. in Room 421 Belk Library. A book signing and reception will follow the opening of the art exhibit, which will be located on the library's fourth floor. Roth also will participate in the university's Diversity Festival April 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union.

Parking will be available in the deck on College Street behind First Baptist Church. For more information about the event, call Margaret Gregor at Belk Library at (828) 262-8088.

The "Let's Hold Hands" project involves children creating dolls in their images to send to other countries as an expression of international understanding and peace. Roth's presentation will be followed by comments from three Appalachian students who took the project to Egypt and from one recent graduate who used the project with children in Bolivia.

Jenny McCourry, a first grade teacher at Hardin Park Elementary School in Boone, will also talk about using "Let's Hold Hands" to teach her students about mid-Eastern countries and the need for global understanding.

Appalachian students and faculty have taken "Let's Hold Hands" to children in Ghana, Russia, Bolivia, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Peru and Nicaragua where they all created biographical dolls. The dolls that were made by Appalachian students were left with the children who in turn gave their dolls to the students to bring to the United States.

While she is in Boone, Roth will demonstrate her collage technique and talk about "Let's Hold Hands" at several schools in Watauga County as she did during her first visit to the area in 2009.

During that visit she also spoke at an event sponsored by Belk Library where she talked about her children's book "Listen to the Wind." Through her collages, the book tells the story of Greg Mortenson's efforts to establish schools for girls in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is the author of the bestselling book "Three Cups of Tea" and was the university's convocation speaker in 2009.

Roth was born in New York City and grew up in Madison, Wisc. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and is the author of 40 children's books.

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