Frequently Asked Questions

The 6th annual Virginia Children’s Book Festival will be held on the campus of Longwood University on Wednesday, October 16 – Friday, October 18. Sessions begin at 9:30am and end at 2:00pm. The VCBF is free and open to the public.

NOTE: Visitors can expect enhanced safety and security measures during the VCBF. 

 

Attendee Questions

How do I get there?

Farmville is located in Prince Edward County in the Central Virginia region of Virginia. Longwood University lies in the heart of Farmville, and Hampden-Sydney College, one of the oldest colleges in the country, is located approximately ten minutes outside the town.

Longwood University campus map and directions:

http://www.longwood.edu/about/directions/

Longwood University parking map:

https://static.longwoodlancers.com/custompages/mbasket/2016-17/ParkingMap16.pdf

VCBF sessions

Starting at 9:30 am, more than 20 authors and illustrators will make presentation dedicated to kids, fiction, history, writing, and more. Sessions last one hour and are held all over Longwood’s campus. There are 15 minutes between sessions, with two sessions before lunch and one session after lunch. VCBF days are broken down as follows:

Wednesday: PreK-6th grade

Thursday: preK-12th grade

Friday: 6th grade-12th grade

 

 

Festival Book Shop & Author Book Signings

Chop Suey Books from Richmond, Virginia is the VCBF’s official book seller. Books by VCBF authors are currently available on Chop Suey’s website and can be pre-ordered. We encourage all teachers and parents to peruse the VCBF book list to determine how much money to send with their children to purchase books at the VCBF. While the VCBF book shop is open all day, book shop time is built into your registered schedule from 12:15pm-1:00pm. Authors will be signing books during this time. The VCBF book shop is located on the bottom level of Lankford at Longwood University. 

What about lunch?

Lunch at the VCBF takes place after the second session and lasts from 11:45 am-12:15 pm (our authors have to eat lunch too!). Registered students bring their own lunch with them and eat in the location of their second session or, if the weather is fine, we encourage you to eat lunch outside on any of Longwood’s beautiful lawns. Lunch in Longwood’s dining hall is not permitted without advanced confirmation. If you are not a registered group, there are several options to eat lunch on Longwood’s campus, or in downtown Farmville. The VCBF’s sponsor restaurants are North Street Press Club, and Effingham’s, both located just across the street from Longwood University. 

Once you are done with lunch and book signings, if you have any free time, there will be VCBF mini-stations on Stubbs Lawn just outside our festival book shop. The VMFA Artmobile will also be on view. 

 

Do I have to register for the VCBF?

Only groups of ten or more have to register for the VCBF. Longwood University is a big place, but it still has space restrictions. The VCBF reserves 10-15% of each event space for the general public. If you are a registered group, you must follow your itinerary and not change your schedule once arriving at the VCBF. If you would like to register a group for the VCBF, please fill out our pre-registration interest form here to be ready when registration opens. All field trip information will be shared with schools once registration is complete.

Pre-registration interest form

 

Are there any special VCBF events happening in the evening about which I should know?

YES! The VCBF has several evening events that are open

to everyone. 

Reception with the Artist: Victoria Kann & Pinkalicious

Wednesday, October 16th: 5:30 pm-8:00 pm, Longwood Center for the Visual Arts

VCBF Keynote: The Rise of the Book Series with Kazu Kibuishi and Tui Sutherland

Thursday, October 17th: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, location to be announced. Sponsored by the Office of the President. 

 Hip Hop in Children’s Literature: A Night of Music from “Let Me Hear a Rhyme: by Tiffany Jackson

Friday, October 18th, 7:00 pm- until

North Street Press Club

 

Where can I stay overnight?

The VCBF’s official hotel is the Hotel Weyanoke, located just across High Street from Longwood University. More accommodations can be found here:

 

https://farmvilleva.com/community/tourism/lodging-and-accommodations/

What else can I do in Farmville?

Farmville is the perfect place to start your exploration of our area’s historic and cultural offerings. Whether you are a patron of the arts or a history buff, we have something for everyone! We encourage you to explore the offerings of our partner organizations, the R.R. Moton Museum, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, and Appomattox River Company.

More information found here:

https://farmvilleva.com/community/about/explore-farmville/

Are the VCBF venues wheelchair accessible? Where do I find more information about venue accessibility?

Longwood University strives to make its campus accessible to everyone. For more information about accessibility, please visit Longwood’s Office of Disability Resources at http://www.longwood.edu/disability/ or contact Sue Dockery at dockerysh@longwood.edu or 434.395.2480

Other Questions

Can I submit my book to the VCBF? How do I become a VCBF author or illustrator?

Authors and illustrators present at the VCBF by invitation only. 

I'm a member of the media. How do I make arrangements for a media pass?

All media inquiries should be directed to Matthew McWilliams, Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at mcwilliamsmj@longwood.edu

How do I become a vendor at the VCBF?

Due to space considerations at the VCBF, we have suspended all vendor activities for the time being. 

Can I distribute flyers or promotional items at the VCBF?

Only VCBF sponsors can distribute flyers and promotional items at the VCBF. If you are interested in becoming a VCBF sponsor, please contact us at info@vachildrensbookfestival.org

Are you looking for VCBF volunteers?

Yes! It takes hundreds of volunteers to make the VCBF happen. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill our our volunteer form at VCBF volunteer or  contact Nikki Kain at volunteer@vachildrensbookfestival.org  

Does the VCBF have a non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy?

Yes we do. 

 

VCBF is dedicated to working towards a harassment-free convention experience for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, origin, religion, or class. We do not tolerate harassment of VCBF members in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention at the discretion of the VCBF organizers.

VCBF’s definition of harassment may not necessarily align with legal definitions of harassment. Harassment includes: Verbal comments or displayed images that harmfully reinforce structures of oppression (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, geographic origin, or class); deliberate intimidation; stalking; body policing (including gender policing in all bathrooms); unwelcome photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Exhibitors in the Writer’s Row, volunteers, and VCBF members are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

Harassment does not include: respectful disagreement or critique in good faith. VCBF continues to welcome and appreciate the reading or performance of risky, transgressive material and the discussion of controversial ideas.