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Children’s Tea at Burlingame Library Sunday: Holiday event hosting illustrator Christian Robinson as special guest
December 06, 2013, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

A girl at the Children’s Holiday Tea last year received an autograph from author and illustrator Elisa Klevens.

Christian Robinson

It’s tea time for children this weekend at Burlingame’s Main Library.

The Burlingame Library Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Children’s Holiday Tea to raise funds to benefit the library programs, as well as to support the children’s collection 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Dec. 8. This is the first year there will also be a holiday boutique, which includes the sale of books from Books, Inc. and holiday gifts from UB Chic and others.

This year, San Francisco-based artist Christian Robinson, illustrator for Linda Ashman’s Rain!, will be the guest speaker. Burlingame High School students Peter Scattini and Veronica Ortiz will sing holiday songs as people enter the event and the library is already decked out with holiday decorations such as paper snowflakes, trees with lights and a polar bear.

Why come out to the event this year?

“It’s a fundraiser for the library,” said Kathy von Mayrhauser, Children’s Services head and Easton Branch manager. “It does support the library and enhances the children’s collection and programming.”

Robinson will be the highlight of the event, von Mayrhauser said. He will speak then help children with a drawing project. His latest illustrations will be in Patricia Hruby Powell’s book Josephine, which comes out in January 2014.

Children will learn his drawing process, von Mayrhauser said.

Food donations such as cupcakes, tea sandwiches, tea and coffee are coming from the National Charity League, Whole Foods, Guittard Chocolate Company, Five Little Monkeys, Nancy Kux and others.

Since the event grew, it was moved from the Easton Branch library last year. Now, it can accommodate up to 250 guests at the event, which will take place on the first floor.

Tickets can be purchased at the door at the event or through a link to the EventBrite page at burlingamelibraryfoundation.org/events/childrens-holiday-tea. Tickets are selling for $20 for children and $40 for adults. The event will be located at 480 Primrose Road.

The Burlingame Library Foundation was founded in 1995 to help provide private funding support from the community to supplement library programs. More than $200,000 was raised to furnish the main library in 1997. Another $230,000 was raised to restore the Easton Branch Library in 2004. Ongoing programs include children’s programs, summer reading clubs, author’s programs, public relations materials and library book sales.


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