Category Archives: Author visit

Jonesport students meet virtually with Lauren Wolk

Jonesport Elementary School fifth graders had the opportunity to connect virtually with author Lauren Wolk about her Newbery Honor-winning book, Wolf Hollow. They read the novel aloud in class last fall, an annual tradition teacher Marni Crowley started after Lauren visited Jonesport in 2017. Like many authors have done during the pandemic, Lauren and her […]

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Diversity in stories with Anne Sibley O’Brien

Anne Sibley O’Brien visited three schools in early December to wrap up our fall school programs: Ella Lewis Elementary School, Tremont Consolidated School, and Beatrice Rafferty School. She greeted each school with a Korean “hello” – “Anneyeonghaseyo” (안녕하세요) – and had the kids repeat it back before delving into the idea of culture. “What is […]

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“The Island of Beyond” with Elizabeth Atkinson

Fifth-eighth graders at Beals Elementary School, Jonesport Elementary School and Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School were ready to dive into “The Island of Beyond” with author Elizabeth Atkinson, and were prepared with art and research projects to share. Each visit began with a large group presentation during which Elizabeth shared how books empowered her as a […]

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MDI 7th Grade Read

More than 100 seventh graders from each school in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) spent an activity-filled day together at Camp Beech Cliff during the 7th Grade Read in October, with a highlight being the group discussions and presentation with award-winning author Gary Schmidt. Since the start of the school year, seventh […]

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Cynthia Lord visits Washington County

Woodland Elementary School You know you’re in for a fun day when greeted at the school entrance by a large poster with drawings of characters from Cynthia Lord’s books and the words, “Cynthia Lord, You are a Hot Rod!” This was our welcome to Woodland Elementary School in Baileyville. Cindy read her books, “Hot Rod […]

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Gary Schmidt visits MDI

Over sixty kids and parents living on Mount Desert Island, Trenton and Islesford participated in the Island Readers & Writers (IRW) Community Book Club last month. Children living on MDI or attending Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) schools along with a parent or other adult were invited to participate in this free, month-long […]

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