The Stockton Springs Community Library, 6 Station St., will host children’s book author and illustrator Stephen Costanza Tuesday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m. as a special event during the library’s summer reading program.

Costanza wrote and illustrated “Noodleman: The Pasta Superhero” and “Mozart Finds a Melody.” He also illustrated “Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose,” written by Nancy Gow. Costanza studied music theory and composition at Syracuse University before attending the Philadelphia College of Art to pursue a career in the visual arts. He worked as both a graphic designer and illustrator in a career that has encompassed silk screening, graphic design and book illustration.

Costanza’s background in music led him to write and illustrate the picture books “Mozart Finds a Melody” and “The Invisible Orchestra of Antonio Vivaldi,” forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertising and textbooks, from The American Prospect and Cricket to brochures for the Boston Ballet, Four Seasons Hotel and Boston Lyric Opera. Five of his paintings were exhibited at the 2000 Children’s Book Fair in Bologna.

The event is free and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Costanza’s visit to the Stockton Springs Community Library is supported by a grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Trust of the Maine Community Foundation. For more information, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to