Category Archives: School Visits

“Hello Lighthouse” tour kicks off at Beals Elementary School

Caldecott-winning author/illustrator Sophie Blackall arrived in Maine from New York City on Easter Sunday ahead of her five-day “Hello Lighthouse” tour of Washington County, Mount Desert Island and Swan’s Island. Sophie arrived to a chilly fog, but enjoyed Easter lunch in Bar Harbor with IRW Executive Director Jan Coates and Program Assistant Lisa Herrington. Sophie […]

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Dave Anderson visits Princeton and Woodland

Following the Middle-Grade Read at Edmunds Consolidated School, author John David “Dave” Anderson visited both Princeton Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School in Baileyville on April 2 and April 3, respectively. The entrances to both schools were decorated with large posters welcoming him. His middle-grade novel, “Posted,” was the focus for these visits and he was […]

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Middle-Grade Read with John David Anderson

Author John David Anderson, or Dave as he prefers to be called, delighted nearly 60 middle schoolers from Edmunds Consolidated School, Charlotte Elementary School and Pembroke Elementary School during our Washington County Middle-Grade Read around his novel, “Posted.” It was a great way to kick of IRW’s spring school visits! Kids from all three schools […]

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Rebekah Raye at the Eastport Arts Center with Beatrice Rafferty

After rescheduling due to a snow day in mid-November (that we hope does not portend what winter has in store for us), we finally met with the grades 1-4 from Beatrice Rafferty School and author/illustrator Rebekah Raye at the lovely Eastport Arts Center in early December. Upon entering the arts center, we found the hall decorated […]

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To Deer Isle-Stonington…and Jupiter and beyond with Russ Cox!

The view was spectacular as we made our way over Caterpillar Hill and onto Deer Isle for a visit with Russ Cox at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School. IRW Site Coordinator Morgan Witham and art teacher Hilary Tobin welcomed and set us up in the art room for the day where workshops were held for grades […]

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Anne Sibley O’Brien pilots two-day program at Edmunds Consolidated School

Day One Winter weather was no deterrent when we visited Edmunds Consolidated School with Anne Sibley O’Brien for day one of a special two-day pilot program. Despite some wickedly icy roads and a two-hour delay, the sun broke through and produced a lovely rainbow and we sallied forth for a grand day. Once everyone got […]

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Whiting Village School welcomes Anne Sibley O’Brien

Whiting Village School was cozy and warm on the day of our visit with Anne Sibley O’Brien. We began with an all-school presentation and Annie greeted them in Korean asking, “Are you in peace?” Soon after, she was bombarded with questions about South Korea where she spent her childhood. “What is your favorite Korean food?” […]

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Princeton Elementary welcomes Rebekah Raye

Cold winds blew outside when we arrived with author and illustrator Rebekah Raye at Princeton Elementary School, but warmth and cordiality met us inside this lovely school. Rebekah was excited by the welcome poster created in honor of her visit and raved over all the student artwork in the halls. A few eager students helped […]

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Cynthia Lord on Swan’s Island

The day before Thanksgiving break, we boarded the ferry to Swan’s Island along with author Cynthia Lord and school principal Crystal DaGraca as snow flurries began to fall around us. School was closing early due to the snow and we used our travel time to revamp the schedule for the day. That’s often where island […]

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