On Saturday, July 13th, award-winning Ohio author and illustrator David Catrow will visit Belpre and Marietta as part of the Washington County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Throughout his career, Catrow has written or illustrated over seventy notable and best-selling books and has twice been honored by the New York Times with the Best Illustrated Book of the Year Award. In 2009, Catrow was presented the Isaac Scott Hathaway Award in recognition of his body of work. The award is named for Isaac Scott Hathaway, an early 20th century African American artist whose work reflected the emerging influences of African Americans on the fabric of the American experience.

In a past life, Catrow was a nine-time winner of the Cox Award for editorial cartooning and his work has been syndicated to more than 900 newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. He currently lives in Springfield, Ohio with his wife Deborah and their dogs Beetle, Blu, and Tubbs.

Washington County Public Library is hosting two events with Catrow on Saturday, July 13th. The first will take place at the Campus Martius Museum from 10:00 to noon, for children ages 6-14 years old. Registration is required; to register, you can stop by the Children’s Department at the Marietta Library at 615 5th Street in Marietta or call 740-373-1057 ext. 219.

The second event will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Belpre Library at 2012 Washington Boulevard. Registration is required; to register, you can stop by the main desk at the Belpre Library or call 740-423-8381.

In addition to sharing his story and artwork, David Catrow will be signing copies of his books. 

The Washington County Public Library has seven locations and a bookmobile located across Washington County, Ohio. The mission of the Washington County Public Library is to encourage lifelong learning by providing access to information, literacy resources, and technology to the people of Washington County.