Have you read Harold and the Purple Crayon?

Have you read Harold and the Purple Crayon?

Have you read Harold and the Purple Crayon?

Join us to Save Harold’s House!!!

Crockett Johnson was the pen name of the American cartoonist and children’s book illustrator David Johnson Leisk. He is best known for the comic strip Barnaby and the Harold series of books beginning with Harold and the Purple Crayon. He grew up in Corona on 39th Avenue and 104th Street.

HELP US SAVE HAROLD'S HOUSE CALL QUEENS LIBRARY AT 718- 990-0700 – ASK FOR DENNIS WALCOTT AND ASK HIM TO SAVE HAROLD'S HOUSE.WHAT IS A LIBRARY? A LIBRARY IS – 1.a place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, or building where books may be read or borrowed.2.a public body organizing and maintaining such an establishment.3.a collection of manuscripts, publications, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference.4.a collection of any materials for study and enjoyment, as films, musical recordings, or maps.AND Moden day libraries are listening to the needs of the public. HELP US SAVE HAROLD'S HOUSE FOR THE KIDS, FOR QUEENS, FOR HISTORY, FOR CORONA-EAST ELMHURST.

Posted by Corona East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society, Inc on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

“But, luckily, he kept his wits and his purple crayon.”
― Crockett Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon

A building on 39th Avenue (104-11) was the childhood home of David Johnson Leisk, who used the pen name of Crockett Johnson. Crockett Johnson was the American cartoonist and children’s book illustrator best known for the comic strip Barnaby and the beloved Harold series of books which began with the story of Harold and the Purple Crayon in 1955.

In 1912, when he was 7 years-old, Crockett ‘s family moved from Manhattan to the second floor of a two-story wood frame house, built in the classic Italianate style, at 2 Ferguson Street in what was then a new suburb – Corona. Today, 2 Ferguson Street is 104-11 39th Avenue and is right next door to the Corona Branch of the Queens Public Library. You may also be interested in knowing that this home is similar to that of Louis and Lucille Armstrong, also an Italianate, and now a museum, located just a few blocks from 104-11 on 106th Street.

How extraordinary is this? Queens’ largest and most important repository of literature also holds the deed to this historic literary property? BUT, THEY WANT TO TEAR IT DOWN!

How Can You Help??

CALL QUEENS LIBRARY AT 718- 990-0700 – ASK FOR DENNIS WALCOTT AND ASK HIM TO SAVE HAROLD’S HOUSE.

SEND AN EMAIL TO Dennis Walcott, President & CEO at the Queens Library asking him to SAVE HAROLD’S HOUSE. Or

WRITE A LETTER OR SEND A POSTCARD, the address is 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432 – DO IT FOR THE KIDS, PLEASE!

Join our Facebook campaign and send in photos of you reading Harold’s books to a child, a child reading one of the Harold books or of you reading a Harold book. A Picture is Worth 1000 Words!

Send photos to coronaeastelmhursthistory@gmail.com BTW- THE QUEENS LIBRARY HAS THE HAROLD SERIES OF BOOKS – CHECK THEM OUT.

An article by Michael Gannon was written about our campaign in the Queens Chronicle.  Click here to read the story.

Send an email to Dennis Walcott, president & CEO of the Queens Library, at dwalcott@queenslibrary.org ask him to SAVE HAROLD’S HOUSE

 

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