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Double Author event

Double Author Event with childrens' book authors Cathy Stefanec Ogren and Tabatha Jean D'Agata

Please join us in welcoming two children’s book authors Saturday Dec 9th at 11am.  Cathy Stefanec Ogren with her juvenile non-fiction picture book about a giant wheel of cheese given to President Andrew Jackson and Tabatha Jean D’Agata with her book about making wishes. We will be having a story time and crafts event.


Pew!: The Stinky and Legen-Dairy Gift from Colonel Thomas S. Meacham by Cathy Stefanec Ogren

To call attention to his upstate New York farming community, Colonel Thomas S. Meacham gives a mammoth wheel of cheese to President Andrew Jackson on New Year's Day 1836. But after a year, the big cheese is still around and causing a big stink in the White House. The president holds a public reception to help get rid of this cheesy gift. A fun slice of American history. Back matter includes science facts on cheese making.

Cathy began her writing career scripting plays with her neighborhood friends and persuading their parents to come and watch with the promise of Oscar-winning performances. Growing up, her home was filled with books. Her parents encouraged reading which also fueled her desire to write. After graduating from college, she was an elementary school teacher, working with second and third graders. Her last years in education were spent as a librarian in a small school where she was passionate about introducing new and diverse books to her students. Cathy now lives in New Hampshire with her husband who has an excellent sense of humor and puts up with her outrageous ideas. She believes in reading and writing books that children can use as magical tools to feed their curiosity and teach them about the world.


More Wishes by Tabatha Jean D’Agata

Ladybugs, dandelions, and shooting stars await to fulfill the wishes of children around the world. From fluttering wings to twinkling skies, each page brings a new wish to life. But remember, not every wish comes true on the first try. With boundless hope and endless imagination, children will learn that even if one wish doesn't come true, there's always another adventure in wishing just around the corner! Which wish will you choose?


Tabatha Jean D'Agata grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts and currently resides in New Hampshire. As a little girl, if she wasn't picking dandelions or eating chocolate, she would write in her countless journals and diaries. As she got older, her love for inventing characters and stories enticed her to join writing critique groups as well as attend many writing workshops. She has authored several children’s books, is a longtime literacy columnist for the Parent Express Newspaper and works as a freelance social media marketer. When Tabatha isn’t working, you’ll find her making memories with her husband, daughter, son, son-in-laws, and three grandsons. Tabatha enjoys spending time with her whole family and trolling the streets of Salem, MA or an old cemetery anytime of the year. She believes in the magic of possibilities, putting a penny in her shoe for good luck and genuine kindness. Oh, and chocolate fixes everything!

Date: 12/09/2023
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Balin Books
375 Amherst St.
Somerset Plaza
Nashua, NH 03063-1216