Book festival honors life of 10 year old

MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - Northwest Ohio's largest children's book festival it honors the life of a little girl. The 11th annual Claire's Day is being held at the Maumee branch library Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and everyone is encouraged to stop by.

Claire's Day is in honor and memory of Claire Rubini who passed away suddenly while at camp at the age of 10.

Her parents wanted to create a way to celebrate her life through books because of her love for reading, and that's how Claire's day came into being.

There will be ten different children's book authors at tomorrow's event. They will be giving presentations and are available to sign books. There will be 370 care awards handed out. The award goes to the most improved reader from every class in the Toledo metro area.

Organizers of the event say Claire's day has not only helped the Rubini family deal with the loss of their child, but the whole community.

"I think one of the things - that is was a healing for the community back when - you know when you have a child die so young and unexpectedly, you know not only was it difficult for the family, but it's difficult for the community and this was a way for the community bond together and form some healing," said David Justus.

There will also be craft and game tables set up for participants to enjoy. It is a free event.

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