Author's legacy to be celebrated at library

An evening event remembering Leo Politi, a native Fresnan who became an award-winning author and illustrator, will be held today at the Leo Politi Branch Library, 5771 N. First St.
The program is part of many tributes in this centennial year of Politi's birth in Fresno on Nov. 21, 1908. Politi's many children's books include "Song of the Swallows," which in 1950 earned the prestigious Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. He also wrote books for children and adults, including chronicles such as "Bunker Hill," about old Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Today's program, 7-8 p.m., will feature a discussion presented by Jeanne Johnson, a Fresno County librarian; Lydia Kuhn, a retired Fresno County librarian; Angelica Carpenter, curator of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno; and Denise Sciandra, president of the Arne Nixon Center Advocates.
Art by Politi and signed books also will be on display. For more info, call (559) 431-6450.
-- The Fresno Bee