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Author who grew up in K.G. will attend Smoot opening

Author Mary Quattlebaum will be at the Smoot library on Saturday.

Children’s author Mary Quattlebaum, who grew up in King George County, will attend the grand opening of the new addition at the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library on Saturday.

She’ll be dressed as a “book buccaneer” and will talk briefly about her books, which will be available for sale and signing. Children (and adults) are invited to dress as pirates or wear other costumes, according to library officials. The opening starts at 11 a.m. and includes tours, giveaways and comments from county officials.

Quattlebaum has written a number of books for children, including picture books, chapter books, novels and poetry. She regularly presents workshops to classrooms, where she talks about growing up in the country and her regular visits to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg.

“We checked out so many books that we had to bring them back in a clothes basket,” she said in a Free Lance–Star story in November 2001.

The Smoot addition more than doubles the size of King George’s only library, which opened in 1969. The construction and furnishings for the addition, which has a “cathedral-like” appearance, according to Library Director Robin Tenney, cost $5.88 million.