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Mazza Summer Conference to be virtual

The 28th annual conference will host authors and illustrators in online sessions in July

FINDLAY, Ohio — Next month, The University of Findlay's Mazza Museum will be hosting their 28th annual Summer Conference.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, just under 300 educators and librarians were planning on hearing from children's book authors and illustrators in person.

Despite the pandemic, the event is still going forward, just virtually.

For a $50 registration, participants will receive direct links to the multiple events, talks and break out sessions of the conference.

And as a surprise bonus, virtual attendees won't have to pick and choose which events they participate in.

"The other nice thing is that all of this will be recorded, and you will have access to all of the sessions for three months," said Ben Sapp, director of the Mazza Museum.

Sapp said the author illustrators they had lined up for this years conference has agreed to come back at a later date.

This new way of holding the conference may change how the Mazza Museum hosts these events in the future, because the wider reach of the internet means more people are able to attend.

"We can now reach people from all over the world, for that matter, that would not be coming in person because of travel and the expense that goes along with that," said Sapp.

The Mazza Museum is also planning on reopening their museum to the public by appointment only with a limit of 20 daily visitors on Wednesday August 12.

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