WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Barnes & Noble in the Arena Hub Plaza was abuzz with excitement on Saturday morning, with WNEP-TV meteorologist Joe Snedeker signing copies of his new release The Everything Kids' Weather Book: From Tornadoes to Snowstorms.
When asked why he wrote the book, a smiling Snedeker, said because I'm a geek, referring to his great love for science and for teaching.
The book signing event served as a kickoff of the bookstore's annual Holiday Book Drive, which will provide opportunity for the store's customers to donate a book to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Customers can choose a book, perhaps one they had loved as a child, pay for it at the register and let the cashier know that they wish to donate it. Holiday books and classics are especially popular choices.
The Boys and Girls Clubs support needy youngsters in educational and recreational endeavors, developing self-esteem and working towards individual potential.
The Holiday Book Drive is an opportunity for the store to partner with the community, said Donna Wench, community relations manager for the store. We are delighted that presentation of Joe's new book is part of this kickoff event.
Angela Romiski, Wilkes-Barre, brought her children, Abby, 8, and Roger, 10, to get a copy of the book and to meet Snedeker. The kids were more than glad to wait to get their picture taken with the local celebrity.
Eileen Webb, Noxen, was purchasing holiday gifts for four of her grandchildren. She said that all four had a love for science, and she anticipated that they would love their books.
Snedeker, known for his good humor and whimsical spirit, took his time with everyone, answering questions about the weather and other topics.
I am forever a teacher, he said, I've been teaching most of my life. Right now, I'm teaching at Marywood University.
The event seemed to embody the spirit of both the season and of literacy. Many of the children waiting to get their books signed sat on the floor near their parents, sampling other books for their wish lists. All who attended, young and old, seemed to be catching the holiday spirit.
Wench smiled as she looked at the multitude of people waiting to get their copies signed and perhaps donate a book.
I am very happy about the turnout and looking forward to a wonderful season, said Wench.
Those who wish to donate a book to the Annual Holiday Book Drive can simply purchase a book and inform the cashier that it will be a donation.
The last day to donate to the effort will be Jan. 1.