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Cut and Glue! Storytime with Paper Collage Workshop
We’ll use several types of paper, cut and glue them to design our collage. Simple, fun art activity with impressive results! Includes reading of the picture book Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper. You'll need different types of paper, scissors, glue and a bit of imagination!
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Magic
What's the most fun part of writing a fantasy book? Why, the magic, of course! Come learn about the different types of magic in your favorite fantasy stories, and all the things you need to think about when you're getting ready to make your own!
Coffee Chat: So You Want to Be a Writer
Fill your mug, literal and metaphorical, with creative fuel during this casual chat, geared for adults. If you're considering a career as a writer, there's a place for you at this table. Beth will share her journey to breaking into the industry and insight for those interested in learning more about publishing.
What's the BIG IDEA? An Entrepreneurship Workshop for Kids
What's the BIG IDEA? is a workshop for kids thinking up their next big business idea or invention! Lowey helps you dream like an entrepreneur, think like an MBA, and pitch like you're on Shark Tank. Best for individuals or small groups.
Career insights - What it's like to write mysteries for a job
Learn how Ballpark Mysteries author David A. Kelly became a writer, how he makes money, and what he loves (and hates) about his job!
The Idea Generator
Where do we get ideas from? And how do we generate new ideas? In this workshop I'll walk kids through their interests and pasts and mine their memories for crafting amazing stories that are uniquely them. Workshop exercises include (as time permits) idea and character brainstorming for stories that kid will be clamoring to write. Please plan on…
The Most Important Thing About Poetry
...is not how to write it. What am I talking about? Although it's true one needs to understand grammar, spelling, meter, and all that other "poetry stuff" they teach you in school, the MOST important thing about writing poetry has nothing to do with the craft of writing it. (Or does it?)
How to keep germs away!
In this online class for ages 5-8, we will be learning all about how to keep germs away! This is a live, small group online class - available on any device, and anywhere like the comfort of home! 🏡 Contact for details, to ask questions and book. The menu includes an online introduction to two of Life's Little Bug characters, Flu Bug and Tummy Bug …
Meet the Illustrator, Hear the Story, Draw the FIRE TRUCK!
All you need is pencil and paper for drawing.
Revision: It's more than correcting spelling errors!
Learn what revision really means, from beginning to end. Sandra will read the original version of THE GIANT HUG that was sent to a publisher, and share the editorial letter and follow students through revisions to the final book.
Meet the Creator
WINTERFROST Book Talk
Have you ever finished a book and thought, "Oh, I'd love to meet the author and ask her __________?" This program is for individuals or families who have finished reading WINTERFROST, a magical, wintry tale rooted in Scandinavian lore. Meet Michelle Houts, hear about how Klakke and Gammel and the Pedersen family came to be, and -- most importantly…
WHAT DO YOU WONDER?
What do clouds feel like? How fast does the world's fastest train go? Wonder has always driven my book ideas and writing and it's help me develop a love of research. During this program, I'll talk with participants about the types of research I do and how they could be doing the same sort of investigating.
Join British kid's author, poet and stand-up comic, IAN BILLINGS, in a sploshtastic visit of fun, frolics and aquatic rhymes! All aboard for a sea-going voyage as we navigate our passage through poems like "HMS Tremble", "Reggie the Dolphin" and the awesome "Moby Duck!"
Nature & Animals
Science and creativity
Learn to weave scientific facts into your fiction in this hands-on writing and plotting adventure. Science writer and children’s author Cristy Burne shares her contagious passion for science and technology in this fast and funny creative writing workshop.
People & Places
Author Talk, Great Gray, A Book about Exceeding "NO" Expectations
There was much excitement in the village of Anapur. Elephants, Saguna and Prabir were expecting a little one--a perfect elephant calf. But when the baby was born...he was a little less than perfect. Follow young Gray on his journey from "not quite right" to becoming Great Gray, a village hero.
Hidden Mysteries in a National Park
National Parks are a great vacation destination. But what if while you are in a park you spot something happening that you know isn't right? You put on your super sleuth hat and become a hero. Join Ben and Bekka Cooper on a vacation/mystery trip of a lifetime and learn how you can experience those same places. Just don't forget your camera or…
Picture Books, Pre-K & Early Readers
Drawing on Imagination with the Author of THE BEDTIME KNIGHT
Award-winning author Katie L. Carroll performs a lively reading of the picture book THE BEDTIME KNIGHT, in which a young mouse and her father turn the scary shadows of the night into fun imaginings. Learn the inspiration behind the book. Then bring paper and writing tools to unlock the power of your own imagination in a guided drawing exercise.
Science & Technology
Dark Matters – Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution
Discover the amazing night life of turtles, bats, birds, and other species. Learn how animals and their ecosystems are negatively impacted by light—much of which is so unnecessary.
SAVE THE PLANET
The average person in the United States makes 1,642 pounds of garbage each year! But, did you know that much of that trash doesn't need to end up in the landfill? There are many things we can use again. Or we can use less. Or we can recycle... Let's talk about what we can all do to help our planet.
CALLING ALL NATURALISTS! WRITING ON THE PROWL AND ON PAPER
Let's get outside--and let's bring the outdoors indoors! In this program with author Doe Boyle, we’ll focus on natural science by applying focused attention to natural objects in our personal collections. We'll record our observations and share our discoveries in this group workshop for up to 10 attendees.
Self & Relationships
Technology and STEM: HOW do you want to live when you grow up?
Ask yourself HOW you want to live while you grow up, not the old “WHAT do you want TO BE." Kids are being driven toward robot competitions and 'learning to code' when there are myriad careers available in tech beyond just the mythical rockstar coder and lead designer/inventor. Success takes teams, trials and time.
Mining Your Life to Tell Stories
Have you ever been told you have a fascinating life? Do you like telling stories? Some of the best fiction actually comes from lived experience that an author molds into a compelling narrative that is often more interesting than what happened in real life. Author Nikki Barthelmess shares how she drew from her life to create her books and gives tips…
Skills, Hobbies & Interests
Get the Scoop!
Want the scoop? Beth will dish on what life is like as an author, including peeks at her writing space, writing and revision processes, and what she's working on now. This question and answer presentation will focus on readers’ publishing and writing questions and inspire them to tackle stories of their own.
Once Upon a Time, YOU Wrote a BOOK!
Doing something BIG like writing a book can be daunting, but it’s totally doable when you break it up into fun little pieces. We’ll collect story elements and then talk about how to bring them all together to make a page-turning, shelf-worthy book!
Sunday Rain Storytime and Craft
Storytime with Elliott, the dragon from his book, the brave princess and the making of new friendships. What is the power of imagination? In my book, SUNDAY RAIN, Elliott discovers that making new friends is like reading a new book -- you just have to plunge into the adventure!
World & Culture
Tovi the Penguin goes to Paris / Storytelling Workshop
Come on a little journey to Paris with Tovi the Penguin. Tovi is the main character of my children's book series Tovi the Penguin. My books are essentially about friendship. The penguins go on little adventures together and things don't always go as planned. It gives the young (and older) reader something exciting to explore together, as they…
WE ARE ALL STORYTELLERS: WRITING FROM YOUR FAMILY CULTURE
We all have our own cultures and heritages - let's use our unique voices to tell our special stories. SADIE'S SHABBAT STORIES celebrates family history and the power of storytelling. Come with paper and pen to mine your family background and heirlooms in order to create your stories.
Writing & Illustrating