Author Archives: Jenna Beaulieu

To the islands and beyond!

In his book Faraway Friends, Russ Cox’s characters declare, “To Jupiter and beyond!” On April 25th and 26th, IRW went to the islands and beyond. At North Haven on the 25th, Russ pulled props out of an envelope for 5th – 8th graders to use as prompts to get creative with their newly acquired sketchbooks, […]

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Looking Up with Annette LeBlanc Cate

Bird watching was the name of the game in Pembroke and Edmunds last week when Island Readers and Writers brought author/illustrator Annette LeBlanc Cate and her book, Look Up! Bird-watching in Your Own Backyard, to the region. First up, IRW and Annette visited students in Grades PreK – 6 at Pembroke Elementary School. Annette gave a […]

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Young Writer’s Workshops at Princeton and Sipayik

“Everyone has a story” became the mantra during the three-day Young Writer’s Workshop for 7th and 8th graders at Princeton Elementary, when author Genevieve (G.A.) Morgan, author of the Five Stones Trilogy, guided students in their own writing journey. The focus was the classic, centuries-old Hero’s Journey with its various stages of challenge and revelation. […]

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Calef Brown comes to town – and islands, too!

Calef Brown began his spring IRW tour with a rousing visit to Conners Emerson Elementary School on Mount Desert Island. Three workshops with kindergarteners were filled with giggles, creativity, and lots of word play. Calef shared his own work and students got to imagine, write, and draw their own combination creatures. They knew about opposites […]

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Ellen Potter, Deer Isle – Stonington, and the Creative Writing Club

From the welcome sign at the entrance to the final Creative Writing Club meeting after school, Deer Isle – Stonington Elementary School was gracious, excited, and engaging with author Ellen Potter. Ellen brought her Author Tool Box to an all-school presentation complete with “Ellen’s Brain” – a bag of ideas and symbols of surprise and […]

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Ice Harbor Mittens at SWHPL and on Swan’s Island

Last week, master knitter, folklorist, and author Robin Orm Hansen started off her local visit with a Women’s History Month event at the Southwest Harbor Public Library, where she met with others of her tribe of knitting aficionados to talk about mittens, mittens, mittens – Fishermen’s mittens, mittens from Norway, mittens from Newfoundland, and much […]

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Mary Cerullo and “City Fish, Country Fish” at Beals, Jonesport, and Pemetic

IRW kicked off our spring program tour at Beals Elementary with science writer and curiosity facilitator, Mary Cerullo. As we arrived to set up, the students were busy bringing their wonderful projects into the gym for display. Their excitement and joy for sharing was palpable. The whole school got involved in a local beach cleanup […]

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The Final Stops of the Some Writer! Tour: Deer Isle – Stonington and Tremont

In November, Melissa Sweet wrapped up her Some Writer! Tour with stops on Deer Isle – Stonington and Tremont. A week before Melissa visited these Deer Isle and Stonington, the Stonington Library held a discussion of E.B. White’s book, Trumpet of the Swan. They also hosted Melissa for an author presentation, book sale, and signing the […]

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Music man Stephen Costanza Downeast at Beals and Jonesport

IRW was thrilled to team up again with author/illustrator/musician Stephen Costanza! In November, we brought him to Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools, where he offered a full-school presentation and workshops with students in Grades PreK – 2. Students in all grades at both schools fully immersed themselves in Stephen’s book, Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra, […]

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