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For 'Week of Young Child,' Two Cayuga Alumnae to Read and Sign New Book

DATE: 04-19-2009

Digging Spring

On Wednesday, April 22, the Early Childhood Club at Cayuga Community College will celebrate the Week of the Young Child with a book signing and benefit sale. The club's second annual Daisy and Bake Sale will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the President's Office lobby. The event will feature a book signing for Digging Spring, a new children's story written by Elisabeth Hurley and illustrated by Erin Bellamy Sherman. The public is invited. A limited supply of the books will be available for purchase at $12.99. They may be pre-ordered from Professor Pat Gridley, coordinator of Cayuga's Education program, at 315-255-1743 x 2478.

Digging Spring tells the story of a little girl who must help bring spring to her backyard from a colorful secret world of flowers, birds and bugs. Hurley, who retired in 2006 as Cayuga's director of alumni affairs, was named an honorary alumna by the college's Alumni Association. Sherman, a 2001 Cayuga graduate in studio art and design, was recommended to Hurley as a children's book illustrator by Cayuga art professor Nancy Kramer. Sherman completed her bachelor of arts in illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology and returned to Cayuga as a visiting artist in 2004, 2006 and 2007.