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Anne Sibley O’Brien talks about Korea on Islesboro

A wonderful Welcome sign greeted IRW and Anne Sibley O’Brien upon entering Islesboro Central School! Principal Heather Knight and IRW site coordinator Melissa Olson graciously provided a tour of the school, which serves K-12 students on Islesboro, an unbridged island with about 600 year-round residents. IRW’s school visit program focused on the sixty-two students in Grades K – […]

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Downcast Ice Age Trail Field Trip for Extreme Survivors program

As part of IRW’s Extreme Survivors program, focusing on Kimberly Ridley’s latest book Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot, students from three Washington County schools met in the bright autumn air to explore and observe traces and indications of glacial movements and other ice age features on the Downeast Ice Age Trail. How have large changes over […]

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First visit at Woodland Elementary a success!

Woodland Elementary’s (in Baileyville) staff and students warmly welcomed IRW and Ellen Potter to their school for our first ever visit! They were enthusiastic, and made us feel right at home. After Ellen’s all school presentation, the first grade kids were so excited to meet her they had to practice walking by her in another room! They […]

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Ellen Potter visits Princeton with her “Brain Bag”

Ellen Potter never disappoints! IRW brought Ellen to Princeton Elementary School to visit students in Grades PreK – 8 last week, and gave signed copies of her books to over 130 kids. At the school, Ellen and IRW staff were surrounded by a colorful array of student projects based on Ellen’s books, including magazines about […]

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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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Ferry over to Islesboro with Cynthia Lord!

Excitement was palpable from the moment Ruth from IRW and Cynthia Lord got off the ferry and approached Islesboro Central School. Gr K-1 had made some race cars, a la Hot Rod Hamster, using a 3D printer! They test drove them for us; one powered by air from a balloon, and the other by a mouse […]

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