Jodie McCallum at Ida Rupp for “Draw Me In” program

Jodie McCallum at Ida Rupp for “Draw Me In” program

Following the success of the past 5 years, the 2013 "DRAW ME IN" children's book program will be offered again for future authors and illustrators. The young authors and illustrators will be supplied with two blank mock-up books, one for practice and one for finished presentation. Each student will also receive a pack of crayons to complete their book. This program is offered to residents or siblings of residents residing in Ottawa County by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.

The next program will be on Tuesday, June 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison Street, Port Clinton. The classes are available for children in grades 2 – 5. A parent or guardian must be present for this program. Class size is limited to 20.  The finished books are to be delivered to the Real Living Morgan Realty Group, 100 Jefferson Street, Port Clinton, no later than Saturday, July 8.

The “Budding Artist”  reception will be held Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at the library. The young authors and illustrators will share what inspired their books as well as presenting their finished product. Refreshments will be served after their presentations and further questions can be asked of the participants. The reception is open to family, friends and the public.

Marblehead resident Jodie McCallum, instructor of  this program, is a nationally recognized children's book illustrator. She has been published over 60 times and has books in circulation throughout the United States and abroad. She is also a member of the Picture Book Artists Association, a select group of 180 internationally recognized illustrators. The Mazza Museum, the largest museum in the world dedicated to recognized children’s book illustrators, exhibits her original artwork. McCallum’s  original artwork is also in private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Class and supplies are free for this program. They are being supplied by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council. For more information or to register your child call 419-341-0979 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information on McCallum is available at

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