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Local author to introduce 'Gabby Saturday'

Date: 4/6/2010

April 7, 2010.

By Kaitlyn Schroyer

Staff Intern

CHICOPEE -- On April 17, nine-year-old Gabby will be coming to Chicopee.

From 1 to 3 p.m. at 687 Front St., Gabby will join girls ages four to 11 in celebrating Crystal Senter Brown's newest book, "Gabby Saturday."

"My mother and I wrote the book together," Senter Brown explained. "We came up with an idea to promote people who visit museums and libraries. We wanted to make it fun and festive."

Gabby is a little girl who is going to a museum for the first time. The first book of more to come, "Gabby Saturday" will be the focus at the tea party and book signing taking place April 17.

"We wanted to think of a way to get people to come together. We hope to bring back story hours," Senter Brown said.

In addition to "Gabby Saturday," various other books will be read. Each girl in attendance will receive a book and there will be refreshments. The event is free and while seating is limited, it is open to the public.

"I love children and it's such a great way to reach them with this message," Senter Brown commented. "I love to read to them. We hope that this [reading] will be the first of many."

Funded by the Chicopee Cultural Council, the event is focused on promoting literacy, self esteem and cultural exploration among young girls. Attendees are encouraged to wear yellow. Call 883-9827 or e-mail for more information or to RSVP.