Local Author and National Best Seller Emphasize the Importance of Reading to Kids

Best selling author James Patterson read to an audience of nearly 200 people at the Newburgh Free Library on Saturday. The Newburgh-born novelist has segued into children's books in recent years and based several of his novels including the upcoming "I, Michael Bennnett" in his home town.

The award-winning author appeared as part of his summer reading initiative - Read Kiddo Read.

Newburgh Enlarged City School District incoming sixth grade students were given his book, “Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life “ to read over summer vacation thanks to a grant from Senator William Larkin.

James was welcomed warmly and generously invivted the press and the public to attend his appearance at the Newburgh Free Library on Saturday - allowing for photos and signing books for adoring fans after a half-hour long q and a.

Local Author Michelle Birkenstock Inspires HOH Students To Find Their Creative Side 


Students enjoy lunch with Michelle Birkenstock in the HOH Library

Local author Michelle Birkenstock generously donated her time to Horizons on the Hudson in Newburgh recently.  Students enjoyed school-wide assemblies during the day.  Later, 34 students who created activities and projects that were inspired by characters or themes in one of Birkenstock’s two books, Harry the Caterpillar and Baxter’s Hibernation, qualified for Lunch with the Author as well as a complimentary copy of one of her books.

After feeling hindered by his physical limitations, Harry the Caterpillar discovers his talents, perceives his beauty, and recognizes his many abilities.

A portion of the complimentary books were made possible by a Lend Lease Foundations Grant received by employee Charmaine Moshier on behalf of Horizons. In addition, activities and projects created by students will be compiled in an activity book which will be on sale at HOH next school year.

Michelle M. Birkenstock grew up in the picturesque and historically bountiful region of the Hudson Valley, where she still resides. Along with her work as an author, Mrs. Birkenstock is the Director of the Religious Education Program at her church. Her previously published book is Harry the Caterpillar.

Press Release thanks to Kerry Butrick - Media Relations Specialist for the NECSD