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Summer storytime offered

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) is offering a summer storytime series, titled “It’s Lit!”

Come meet and listen to two local authors as they share their children’s books with the community from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 6 and 20.

Rachel DiAndrea, SAMA’s featured author on July 6, is an author and illustrator from Altoona. Her book, “The Fat Halfie,” is a true story about a pretty little Halflinger horse destined to discover her true calling. Arriving at the auction barn with no background history or pedigree, this little horse overcomes adversity with her physical shortcomings; only to realize her special strength, courage and determination would lift her up as a role model for others. A story inspired by her very own horse Annie Fannie; Rachel’s fine art award-winning illustrations bring this heartwarming story to life.

Cathy Breisacher is an elementary school librarian and local author with multiple published children’s books, including “Cavekid Birthday” and “Chipand Curly.” “Chip and Curly” follows two athletic potatoes in a race, learning lessons along the way. One reviewer said, “Young readers and their caregivers will get a kick out of deconstructing all the potato puns, while cheering for these athletic spuds. A winner.” In “Cavekid Birthday,” two Stone Age friends try to find the perfect birthday present for each other. But when their ideas end up being not so perfect, these creative cavekids barter for a fun solution.

Listen to Breisacher on July 20 as she shares her book and shows the illustrations of artists Roland Garrigue and Joshua Heinsz.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is at the Brett Building in downtown Altoona.

Hours of operation are noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The museum is open to the public free of charge.

For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call 814-946-4464.

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