Happy Kid Central Day!

Is your costume ready? T-shirt for tie dying in the bag? Emergency snacks packed? Then you must be ready for the 2014 Kid Central Festival!

The fun starts at 10 AM. Be sure to stop in to Kid Central HQ (Bagel Central) and pick up you program map. Here’s a sneak peek below.

See you soon and DON’T FORGET THE KIDS!!!

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Free Comic Book Day and More!

freecomicbookdayIt’s no coincidence that we try to schedule Kid Central Festival on the first Saturday of May every year. That’s the same day as Free Comic Book Day across the country!

This year we’re excited to have Ellen Toole with us. She’s the co-author of the web comic Gracieland and one of the real -life characters in the new graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley. Stop by to meet her and get a copy of the Free Comic Book Day edition of Dumbest Idea Ever! while supplies last. Jimmy Gownley himself will be visiting The Briar Patch on Saturday, May 17 so you can get your comic signed by him too!

Don’t miss the other amazing Maine children’s authors at Kid Central this year:

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Chris Van Dusen will be reading from his newest book, the hilarious President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Van Dusen and written by Mac Barnett. His event will begin at 10 am and he’ll be staying to autograph books and meet fans until noon. Van Dusen is the creator of many outstanding books for children, including Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, If I Built a House, The Circus Ship, and many others. About President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, he says, “This is just the kind of outrageously silly story I love to illustrate. Plus, President Taft was a blast to paint!”

hazelmitchellHazel Mitchell is originally from Scarborough in Yorkshire, UK. She moved to America in 2000 and now lives and works in Maine. Hazel still misses fish and chips and mushy peas, (but she’s learning to love lobster). She have two dogs, two horses, a cat and several snow shovels.

Stop by Hazel’s table, see some of her fun artwork and maybe ask her to draw a doodle for you to take home!

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_MG_2395Josh Alves is an Illustrator/Cartoonist who gets to doodle with his wife and kids in Maine! His work includes illustrations for books, graphics/animations for iPhone games, and his own comics and stories. He is the creator of the all-ages, puzzle-comic series “Adventures of the Araknid Kid” as well as the single-panel comic strip “Tastes Like Chicken”!

In addition to signing copies of “Lilly Bristol, Dinosaur Wrangler” and “Zeke Meeks” books, Josh will have limited number of his new “Star Wars-ish” finger puppets handouts. Don’t miss out!


Kid Central in Circulation at the Bangor Library

The Bangor Public Library is hosting a pair of great activities during this year’s Kid Central Festival.

NOAAEndangered Species Day

Staff from NOAA Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and the Endangered Species Coalition will provide a variety of family-oriented activities and art projects to highlight the recovery of endangered species in Maine. Children’s activities will include crafting an endangered species mural, salmon migration games and a stream table. The library’s children’s department will also feature a collection of books about endangered species.

Imagination Workshop

Imagination is the seed of art, hope and ideas. Imagine; the word itself invokes great possibilities, wondrous childhood memories of imaginary adventures. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” A strong, healthy imagination is precious; this workshop enhances and nurtures one’s imagination through fun group activities. Creative imagination introduces us to limitless adventures anywhere for everyone. Each workshop is approximately one half hour and is limited to 15 participants ages 6 and up.

Darling’s Unleashes the Dream Car Creator at Kid Central Festival

Inspired by Chris Van Dusen‘s “If I Built a Car,” festival sponsor Darling’s will give kids the opportunity to tap into their imaginations and dream up a concept car of their own. Kids will sit down at a concept station (drawing table) and sketch out their ideal car. When their concept is complete they will take it over to one of our artists who will work with them to turn it into a sketch that they can keep. Then the kids will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with their sketch and the artist that helped them using the new Darling’s portable photo booth. The pictures will be posted on Facebook and ten kids will be selected to receive a complimentary copy of “If I Built a Car.”

The Darling’s Dream Car Creator will be located at Kid Central HQ (Bagel Central) from 11 am – 1 pm.

Calling all heroes (and villains too) !

Kids love to dress up and every year we invite them to enter our Superhero Costume Contest! Show off your cape and tights at our annual parade of heroes starting at 2 pm in Kid Central HQ (aka Bagel Central). Categories include “Best Original Costume” and “Most Likely to Save the Day.”

Here are some of last year’s super costumes:

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It takes a village … and a cool car!

Each year, Kid Central Festival is the result of the community at large coming together, being supportive and having fun — and it shows on the faces of hundreds of kids!


We are especially pleased to have Darling’s as a Sharing & Caring Sponsor this year. Darling’s is a family-owned and operated retailer of New and Used vehicles in Maine, with locations in Bangor, Brewer, Ellsworth and Augusta. Their commitment to community and family is exciting to see as part of the Festival and we can’t wait to tell you about a Surprise Activity they are bringing to the event! Details soon …

If I Built a Car
From humble beginnings selling cars, trucks and bicycles in 1903 to one of the largest dealership groups in the State of Maine, Darling’s is proud to be one of the most recognizable and trusted names in Maine business. Built around our commitment to customer satisfaction and employee well-being, Darling’s has grown from one brand, one location to fourteen brands offered at six locations around the state including three in Bangor, two in Ellsworth and one in Augusta. Through hard work and commitment to strong values the Darling’s family is now in its fifth generation striving to meet the automotive needs of our customers. As a testament to our focus on customer satisfaction, Darling’s routinely ranks among the top new car dealers in New England and our service department is second to none. Whether you’re looking to buy a new or used car, need to have your car serviced or need a rental car, you don’t have to look any further than Darling’s. With the help of over 325 employees and associates we want you to know that at Darling’s, things are different. We’re not here to sell you anything; we’re here to help you with your automotive needs and find solutions that work for you. It’s not just our slogan, we’re sure of it … You’ll do better at Darling’s!