On Dec. 2, Kappa Guild Inc. held the kick-off event for its week-long book fair at Barnes and Noble in Pikesville. Shown above are: (top row) Miriam Stern, the guild’s co-president; Miranda Mittleman, guest children’s author who offered a story-time reading and book signing; Micki Campbell of Face Paint by Micki, who did face-painting for children and adults; and guild president Sheila Mentz.

Bottom row were some of the children attending the gathering, and to the far right was Dr. Michael Langbaum, director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph Medical Center, which was one of the recipients of funds raised at the event.

Gift wrapping was provided and the cafe had a specialty drink, the Kappa Kappa-cino. All funds go toward “Helping Children in Need.”