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Schenectady County to Host American Cartoonist Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft Event at Schenectady County Public Library

Events Planned at Hon. Karen B. Johnson and Mont Pleasant Branch Libraries

The Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL) will host two events featuring award-winning American cartoonist Jerry Craft at the end of August.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome award-winning author and cartoonist Jerry Craft to Schenectady County,” said Schenectady County Legislator Michelle Ostrelich, Vice-Chair of the Education & Libraries Committee. “His New Kid graphic novels appeal to both avid and struggling readers, making them a great tool to help kids get back into literacy and learning, especially as they transition back into school after summer break.”


Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: McChesney Room of the Hon. Karen B. Johnson (Central) Library, 99 Clinton Street in Schenectady

Face painting, balloon art and activities, presentation and book signing, and an ice cream social


Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Mont Pleasant Branch Library, 1036 Crane Street in Schenectady

Presentation and book signing, and a pizza party

The events are best suited for children in grades 2 and up.

Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid, Class Act, and School Trip. New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020), the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City.

SCPL library card holders can access Jerry Craft titles at branch locations, and through the Libby and Hoopla apps.

SCPL offers educational, cultural, recreational, and informational programs for all ages at branches throughout the county. Learn more about upcoming programming, events, and library locations and hours of operation at


The mission of the Schenectady County Public Library is to satisfy the community’s recreational, educational, informational, and cultural needs by providing free and open access to a comprehensive range of materials, services, and programs.