The Leesburg Public Library is accepting entries for its fourth annual Local Authors' Showcase, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the library, 100 E. Main St.
The expo is open to any local authors of young adult fiction books — published or self-published. Young adult literature is written for a teenaged audience. The main characters are young adults, who drive the action, and whose stories deal with coming of age issues and other universal conflicts.
The event's goal is to bring exposure to local talent and nurture the pursuit of the writing arts in Central Florida.
The library will offer incentives for anyone attending the program and visiting the author's tables.
Authors are required to have books available for purchase and signing. The showcase is limited to 20 authors. The deadline is Aug. 6 or until the roster is filled.
To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-728-9790.
Meet new principals
Brenna Burkhead, who recently was appointed principal of Sorrento Elementary School, 24605 Wallick Road, and Durenda McKinney, who recently was appointed principal of Tavares Elementary, 720 E. Clifford St., will each have a meet-and-greet at their schools at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information about the meet-and-greets call Sorrento Elementary at 352-385-1140 or Tavares Elementary at 352-343-2861.
Free library programs
• Professional storyteller and puppeteer Katie Adams will present "Animal Stories of the Amazon Rainforest" ("Cuentos de los Animals de la Selva Tropical"), a bilingual show featuring puppets, shadow puppets and lively music with a message of animal and nature conservation.
The program is at 11 a.m. July 30 at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St.
The Friends of the Leesburg Public Library is sponsoring the event as part of the library's summer-reading program.
Registration isn't required. Details: 352-728-9790.
• Cagan Crossings Community Library, 16729 Cagan Oaks, Clermont, will present "Star Wars at the Library" from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Special guests will include Darth Vader, stormtroopers, bounty hunters and jawas from the Florida Garrison chapter of the 501st Legion, a worldwide costume-enthusiasts club.
Activities will include story time with a stormtrooper, Star Wars pictures to color and Star Wars video games. Photographs with Star Wars characters will be taken by members of the 501st Legion. There will be a costume contest in two age groups: children 12 or younger and 13 or older. There will be free drawings for prizes each hour.
Star Wars materials such as books, movies and games will be available for checkout.
• Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howey-in-the-Hills, is offering a free seminar by the National Cremation Society at 11 a.m. Aug. 5. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, call 352-319-6816.