Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Ashley Bryan will not be in attentdence.

Author/artist Ashley Bryan will be celebrated at the Waterville Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at 73 Elm St. in Waterville.

An influence in the world of art and children’s literature, Bryan is a 94-year-old award-winning artist, revered author/illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, and maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage, according to a news release from the library. He has used art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community, according to the release. Health permitting, Bryan will read two of his favorite books, “Beautiful Blackbird” and “Can’t Scare Me!” at the free event.

A DVD of Bryan reading his favorite book will be played and a librarian will read another of his books at the event.

For more information, call 872-5433 or email [email protected]

Tea and light refreshments will be provided and a few copies of Bryan’s books will be given away.

This event is sponsored by Colby College Museum of Art.

Railroad Square Cinemas will screen “I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan” and will host a Q&A with director Richard Kane at 7:30 p.m., at 17 Railroad Square.

For more information, call 872-5433 or email [email protected].

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