On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the Junior League of Kingsport will launch a limited edition children’s book featuring Kingsport, Tennessee as part of the city’s centennial celebration. The launch is scheduled to take place as part of the Downtown Kingsport Association Sip-N-Stroll Holiday Open House. The book launch will be held at Little Cake, 231 Broad Street, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., including book sales and author signing throughout the evening.
The children’s book, Experiencing 100, is written and illustrated by League member, Leah Adinolfi. It features charming hand-drawn scenes of Kingsport accompanied by whimsical metered rhyme and verse, offering a unique read-aloud experience for both adults and children. Experiencing 100 was created to be a gift to the community—given by the author who, after a serious car accident in 2016, began drawing scenes of Kingsport as a means of therapy and entertainment.
“I was inspired by the outpouring of support I received during my convalescence,” said Adinolfi. “I decided to compile my drawings into a children’s book and donate its proceeds to the community through the Junior League of Kingsport and the Centennial Park Committee.”
In appreciation for Adinolfi’s gift, the Junior League of Kingsport has provided the leadership for the book’s publication and launch along with community sponsors: Guest, Guest & Guest Dentistry, Eastman Credit Union, Holston Medical Group, Citizens Bank, Food City, and Rae Design.
In addition to the Holiday Open House, Experiencing 100 will be available for purchase during the Junior League of Kingsport Holiday Tour of Homes (December 9-10) and throughout the holiday season at downtown retailers including Bear and Friends, Carriage House, Kingsport Chamber Gift Shop, Kingsport Carousel, Little Cake, Sprouty Pea, and Style Boutique.
The limited edition book will be available through January 1, 2018. The retail cost for each book is $15 plus tax while supplies last. All proceeds from sales of Experiencing 100 benefit the Junior League of Kingsport and the Centennial Park Committee.