Author Archives: Taylor Mace

Edmunds welcomes Russ Cox

Author/ illustrator Russ Cox continued his Washington County tour at Edmunds Consolidated School on April 11. Prior to Russ’s visit, the pre-K and kindergarten students created space helmets and rocket ships out of junk materials inspired by the outer space theme in “Faraway Friends.” First and second graders also came ready for the “Faraway Friends” […]

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Russ Cox and “Friends” visit Ella Lewis

Author/ illustrator Russ Cox visited Ella Lewis School in Steuben on April 10 with his book, “Faraway Friends.” At Ella Lewis, students of all grade levels flooded the hallways and their classrooms with art projects inspired by the book’s outer space theme. Many students, teachers and even Principal Joanne Harriman, were dressed up in wonderful […]

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Calef Brown at Lubec, Beatrice Rafferty and Whiting

Author and illustrator Calef Brown kicked off IRW’s spring 2018 author visits with three stops at Lubec Consolidated School, Beatrice Rafferty School and Whiting Village School at the end of March. He brought along three of his titles including “How to Hypnotize a Tiger,” “Boy Wonders” and “Flamingoes on the Roof.” “Calef Brown is so much […]

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Global Read with Maria Padian on MDI

Forty-five seventh and eighth graders from various Mount Desert Island schools gathered at the High School on Feb. 8 for an after-school program with Lupine Award-winning author Maria Padian. The Global Read program, a collaboration between IRW and the MDI Regional School System, culminated weeks of preparation by area students, who all read Padian’s novel […]

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Mock Newbery at Pemetic Elementary School

Since last fall, a group of 10 fifth and sixth graders at Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor have been reading away as part of IRW’s Mock Newbery book club. Last Monday, the club members revealed their pick for the Mock Newbery winner and honor books! “Forever Or a Long, Long Time” by Caela Carter […]

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Inter-Island event with Steve Costanza on Isle Au Haut

Students, teachers and parents from Isle Au Haut, Frenchboro, Monhegan Island, Cliff Island and Cranberry Isles converged on Isle Au Haut September 20-22 for their annual Inter-Island event. IRW participated with guest author, illustrator and musician Steve Costanza who hosted three workshops based on his picture book, “Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra,” about a young […]

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Pizza lunch at Milbridge Elementary

Back in May, author Jacqueline Briggs Martin introduced IRW’s Food for Thought program at Milbridge Elementary School (MES) with her books “Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious” and “Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.” To kick off the program, which is focused on learning about growing food and creating healthy habits, students participated in […]

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IRW celebrates 10 years

As another school year draws near, Island Readers & Writers (IRW) in Southwest Harbor is celebrating its 10th year of bringing innovative, book-centered programs to predominately remote schools across coastal Maine and Washington and Hancock counties. While the seeds of the organization were planted and cultivated beginning in 2004, today it celebrates 10 years as […]

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