Announced in a press release from the Everett Public Library, award-winning local author Christine Day (Upper Skagit) will share her new middle-grade book “We Still Belong” in a library event dedicated to the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Freedom to Read Week on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the Main Library at 2702 Hoyt Ave. This programed is aimed for children 8 years and older and participants will be invited to color portions of a mosaic art piece provided by Native Northwest, a business based out of Vancouver, BC that partners with and features art 100% designed by Indigenous artists.

“We Still Belong” is set in Snohomish County and centers around a girl whose hopeful plans for Indigenous Peoples’ Day (and plans to ask her crush to a school dance) go all wrong until her family and friends help her to embrace her place within the Native community.

In the FAQ section of Day’s website, bychristineday.com, Day shares her inspirations for her writing; “My ideas come from everywhere. Some of my most frequent sources of inspiration include: the people around me; the rainy, wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest; little-known histories; the sounds and meanings of certain words (like “whimsical,” or “verklempt”); the vastness of the ocean; memories that evoke strong emotions.”

Day’s debut novel, “I Can Make This Promise,” won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award Honor Book, a Charlotte Huck Honor Book, and was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and NPR.

For more information about this event, visit epls.org/ChristineDay.