Free Visual Storytelling Art Workshop Part of the Teen Summer Reading 2005 Events @ Joliet Illinois Public Library

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award winning author Tony C. Caputo offers free Visual Storytelling Art Workshop as part of local library's Teens: Powered to Read program on June 20, at 1:00PM. Pre-registration is required. More information is available at

Chicago, IL This year’s Teens: Powered to Read program at the Joliet, Illinois public library will include a free Visual Storytelling Workshop by award winning author Tony C. Caputo, on June 20, at 1:00PM. Pre-registration is required. More information is available at

The workshop is based on Caputo’s bestselling art instructional book Visual Storytelling: The Art & Technique, (Watson-Guptill), nominated for an IPPY AWARD for Best “HOW-TO” Book of 2004. Currently used as a textbook in numerous game development educational programs, the book includes an introduction by Harlan Ellison, and special section by Jim Steranko, among a large group of contributors. “I wanted Visual Storytelling to be a definitive book on the hidden art of transcending the written word to imagery,” said Caputo. “The workshop will also include material that ended up on the cutting room floor, like "The Principal of Thirds, a design methodology for item placement within the frame.”

The Teen Summer Reading 2005 Events at the Joliet Public Library requires registration for all programs. The free Visual Storytelling in Film, Animation, Games and Comics Workshop at the main Joliet Illinois Public Library, will be on Monday, June 20, 2005 at 1:00PM.

Caputo is currently actively working on his second book of his award winning VESPERS graphic novel, which focuses more on the individual characters’ lives and includes some special guest appearances by real celebrities playing themselves. VESPERS (ISBN# 0-9745205-0-0) includes a full-color wraparound cover and black-and-white interiors and Visual Storytelling: The Art & Technique (0-8230-0317-5) are available wherever the finest books are sold.

More information on all the Teen Summer Reading 2005 Events is at

About Tony C. Caputo
More about the author can be found at, with press images at

About the IPPY Awards
Conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program, the "IPPY" Awards are open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards intend to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. The 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards attracted 2,175 books from over 1,500 publishers around the world; from all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 18 foreign countries. The 2005 Awards saw a continued increase in quality and diversity - entrants come in all sizes and from all walks of life.

About the Joliet Public Library
The Joliet Public Library had its beginnings in 1876 with 750 volumes in its collection. Donations came from the Historical Society of Will County and the Joliet Literary and Musical Society. The collection contained a careful selection of the best of the literature then available in English. It included 76 volumes of history, 115 fiction titles, 96 volumes of biography, and a representation of the arts, classics, sciences, and religion.

Today, the main body of the collection -- which includes over 300,000 books and 400 magazine subscriptions -- is housed in the historical 1903 Daniel H. Burnham-designed building in the heart of Joliet City Center. In the past, this building not only provided Library facilities for the City, but also, from time-to-time, housed the City's Municipal Offices, the Joliet School Board, and the Prairie Area Library System (formerly Heritage Trail). In 1991, architects skillfully blended old with new to add on a 49,000 square-foot addition that more than doubled the size of the Library that now takes up half a city block.

A prominent feature on the Main Library's west lawn is a bronze statue of French Explorer Louis Joliet created by S. Asbjornsen. The statue has been central in almost every picture of the Library since 1904 when its design was first approved.


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