2017 Educator Series Events

All of the following events are free and open to the public. They take place at Bear Pond Books, 77 Main St., Montpelier, upstairs in the Children's Room; 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.

Spring- 2017

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 at 11:00 am

Ready to Launch: Panel Discussion on YA Lit & The Alex Awards
With librarians Joy Worland (Montpelier, Vt.) and Francisca Goldsmith (Portland, Maine) and 
YA/Middle Grade author Aaron Starmer. A panel discussion on reviewing books for this award as well as a talk about writing for and expanding the world of literature for teens. Sponsored by YALSA, the Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. "Ready To Launch" is meant to convey the idea of teens launching into adult books--- which is really what the Alex Awards are all about.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 11:00 am
Don't Quit Your Day Job: A Working Writers Workshop
Ryan Kriger and Christy Mihaly will present a workshop for educators, librarians, and other book-loving folk who might be thinking, or dreaming, about writing more seriously. We’ll talk about our journeys as lawyers who decided to be writers, and the challenges (and benefits) of having a day job while also pursuing a writing career. We’ll share tips and resources, both local and online, to help you connect with the writing community and find opportunities to share your writing. We’ll discuss the writing life, myths, and misconceptions, and answer questions about how you might take that next step toward publication.

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