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Russ Cox and “Faraway Friends”

Author/ illustrator Russ Cox kicked off our fall 2019 programs with visits to Charlotte Elementary School, Pembroke Elementary School and Trenton Elementary School in mid-October. Charlotte Elementary School While discussing ideas for Charlotte’s fall visit Principal Peggy White said, “Let’s do something different.” This is just the challenge we love here at Island Readers & […]

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“Books as Bridges” professional development days with Anne Sibley O’Brien

Author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien joined IRW staff to provide two days of professional development workshops for our partner school Site Coordinators before the start of school. She facilitated discussions around her “Books as Bridges” presentation which focuses on a celebration of differences, building positive cross group interactions, the complex issues of identity and racism, and […]

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Story hour with Anne Sibley O’Brien

In late August, author/ illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien delighted 25 kids from Step by Step Day Care in a story hour at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben as part of IRW’s Getting the Right Start initiative. Drawing on the Whole Book Approach to reading picture books with children, Annie engaged this lovely group […]

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Ben Bishop visits Beatrice Rafferty and Indian Township schools

  Graphic artist Ben Bishop was the star of our final visits of the semester at Beatrice Rafferty and Indian Township Schools. Ben shared his personal story of determination and persistence and caught the attention of students and teachers alike by showing that disappointments can be overcome if you just keep trying. Ben’s early love […]

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Anica Mrose Rissi visits Ella Lewis School and Milbridge Elementary

The final two days of Anica Mrose Rissi’s four-day tour with IRW were full of excitement and surprises, as there were so many amazing projects made by students on display. Anica was overwhelmed by all the creativity. (At the beginning of the week, Anica visited Jonesport Elementary School and Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School.) Ella Lewis […]

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Charlotte Elementary debuts “Moosehorn Secrets”

Last fall, science writer Kimberly Ridley accompanied us to the Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge with the entire Charlotte Elementary School. Kim proposed the idea of guiding the kids through hands-on research that they could use to write their own story similar to her books, “The Secret Pool” and “The Secret Bay.” Mrs. White, the principal, loves […]

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Rebekah Raye visits Trenton Elementary School

Artist and illustrator Rebekah Raye had an enthusiastic welcome at Trenton Elementary School on May 9. One child entered the library, where we spent the day in art workshops saying, “I can’t wait to get started!” This time we worked with “Thanks To The Animals” written by Alan Sockabasin and illustrated by Rebekah. The pre-K […]

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Annette LeBlanc Cate on Vinalhaven and North Haven

Previously: Annette Cate on Islesboro Day 2 on Vinalhaven Thank goodness our outer island site coordinator, Jan Keiper, joined us on day two of our visits with Annette LeBlanc Cate, as we had a delayed start to our morning. She was waiting at the ferry from Lincolnville to Vinalhaven with tickets in hand as we […]

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Whiting students share lighthouse projects

Students from Whiting Village School shared research projects and stories inspired by Sophie Blackall’s “Hello Lighthouse” program at their recent curriculum fair. Experts on the Fresnel lens, historic Maine heroine Abbie Burgess and other topics presented their findings to their families, community and peers — and even came dressed in period-appropriate costumes found by Mrs. […]

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