The Franklin County Children's Literature Festival exists today because of the power of one: one great idea, one strong personality, and one willing organization.
Gerry Getty had a dream that every child in Franklin County would have a chance to listen and meet real authors, illustrators, and storytellers. This would provide an amazing experience for children to share the excitement of books with the creators of those stories. With grit and determination, Gerry and The Franklin County Reading Council were able to organize the first festival in the spring of 2002.
The Children's Literature Festival is possible because of the efforts of Gerry, Franklin County Reading Council, Friends of the Ottawa Library, Ottawa Library, committee members, and Ottawa University's gracious hosting.
Many times in history a great idea is born. It is talked about and thought about, but often gets lost without giving it the love and attention it needs to thrive. The one idea that started the festival is only the introduction to the story. The rest of the story is still being written, and you are a part of the story.