Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fall 2015 Author-Educator Events Schedule!

All of the following events are free and open to the public. They take place in our upstairs Children's Room and light refreshments are included. We provide certificates of attendance for teachers who can use these workshops for continuing education credits. To receive event announcements, and related resources, consider subscribing to our Educators Newsletter here.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd at 9:30am
Early Chapter Book Materials Review Session
With Bear Pond Staff & Author Doug Wilhelm 
Learn about new books and series that will engage readers launching into chapter books that will appeal to a range of ages and appetites. Doug Wilhem (Treasure Town, Choose Your Own Adventure) will give a short talk from the author’s perspective on creating engaging early chapter books. This two hour presentation includes light refreshments, displays of new and upcoming books, and giveaways. These are becoming our most popular events of the year. You can see notes from previous sessions: Nonfiction Grades PreK-8 (Fall, 2014); Middle Grade & YA Novels (Spring, 2015).  

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 11:30am
Reading Forts and Creative Microshelters with Deek Diedricksen
Deek Diedricksen is an expert on small homes and microshelters. His new book of photographs and designs, Microshelters, covers everything from garden structures to backyard toolsheds-turned-offices to play forts. In this short presentation he will focus on structures for kids, and particularly on reading forts and spaces to inspire creativity for children. A book signing will follow. A good event for librarians, teachers, and parents.       
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th at 11:00am
Problem Solving in Stories with Nicole Griffin

Smashie McPerter is a problem solving third grader and star of Nicole Griffin’s new series from Candlewick Press, which debuted this year with Smashie McPerter & The Mystery of Room 11. In this workshop author, teacher and math consultant, Nicole Griffin talks about Smashie and using stories to teach problem solving skills. This workshop will focus on middle grade classrooms.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th at 11:00am
(Re)Vision with Linda Urban and Melissa Guerrette

Local writer Linda Urban uses her newly published middle grade novel Milo Speck, Accidental Agent as a starting point for a workshop on classroom revision. Maine-based educator Melissa Guerrette joins Linda in this presentation and adds the perspective of a teacher working with authors in the classroom. This presentation is based on a workshop developed for the International Literacy Conference.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14th at 11:00am
Creating Heroes with Kekla Magoon & Will Alexander

How do you create a hero? And how do these fictional heroes affect the perspective of young readers? Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty members and award winning authors Kekla Magoon (most recently the revivor of Robin Hood through the new Robyn Hoodlum series) and Will Alexander (a 2012 National Book Award winner for Goblin Secrets) present a workshop on creating heroes and how that can inform and inspire the young reader and writer. This workshop is targeted to educators working with middle grade and high school age students.

We're currently finalizing our winter & spring 2016 schedule - look for those event dates coming soon!

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