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September 29, 2013

Drawn Together charity event raises spirits, money for Moore Public Schools

NORMAN — Hundreds of children sat inside Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday with their families listening to the stories of their favorite authors and cartoonists.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author and illustrator Jeff Kinney helped organize the event, “Drawn Together: Cartoonists Benefit Moore Oklahoma School Libraries”, and around 1,500 people attended.

“There were people lined up almost out to the street before we opened the doors,” said Christian Potts, public information officer for the Pioneer Library System.

Potts said all of the proceeds sold Saturday will go directly to the Moore Public Schools Foundation for school libraries.

“I’ll never forget this moment in my life,” said Ashton Key, 9, a Briarwood Elementary student who attended with her grandmother, Mickie. “He (Kinney) is my favorite author.”

Key said her favorite part was getting to see Kinney and getting to personally ask him a question. She asked Kinney how he got his ideas, giggling as she said he told her he sits under a blanket and thinks.

Kinney told the audience Saturday that after seeing all of the coverage of the storms that hit the Oklahoma area he was brushing his teeth one day and decided he wanted to do something to help. He called up three of his friends and fellow authors who joined him for the event.

Authors Dav Pilkey, of the “Captain Underpants” series, Lincoln Pierce, of the “Big Nate” series, and Stephan Pastis, of the “Timmy Failure” series also drew people in from the rainy weather.

Reid Dorman, 4, of Lindsay said his favorite part of the event was seeing the guy that writes “Big Nate”. Dorman’s mom said the library is his favorite place.

“I like to go to the library,” Dorman said. “I like the kid’s books.”

Each of the authors talked about how they became cartoonists and how they have developed their internationally-known work. Kinney said his series, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” started out as a book for grown-ups to remind them what it was like to be a kid.

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