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Look Up with Annette LeBlanc Cate on Islesboro

After a week-long “Hello Lighthouse” tour with Sophie Blackall, it was off to the islands for birdwatching with author/illustrator, Annette LeBlanc Cate. IRW Director of School Programs Alison Johnson met up with Annette in Lincolnville to catch the ferry out to Islesboro for day one of a three-day island tour. “Look Up! Birdwatching in Your […]

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“Hello Lighthouse” at Lubec and Whiting

Days 2-3 of author/illustrator Sophie Blackall’s five-day “Hello Lighthouse” tour took place at Lubec Consolidated School and Whiting Village School in Washington County. Lubec Consolidated School   The gloomy day outside could do nothing to dampen the spirits inside Lubec Consolidated School where lighthouse poetry, paintings and clay models lit Sophie’s way to the room […]

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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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Beals students show off artwork, lighthouse projects

In preparation of two-time Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall’s visit to Beals Elementary School on April 22, the school hosted the Beals Historical Society in their gym for a presentation of lighthouse projects from fifth-eighth grade students. These students researched lighthouses from Boston Harbor Lighthouse to West Quoddy head, wrote papers and created posters with findings […]

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Mock Newbery Book Club

IRW’s 2018-2019 Mock Newbery Book Club at Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor was a fun success! For the second year in a row, all Pemetic fifth and sixth graders were invited to participate in this extra-curricular program in which they read titles from a list of 15 Newbery Medal eligible books, reviewed and culled […]

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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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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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Charlotte Elementary reveals “Moosehorn Secrets”

Charlotte Elementary School was abuzz on the second day of a two-visit program with Kimberly Ridley, who had spent a day with them two weeks before at Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge. While there, they got to see animals and their habitats up close so that they could return to school and get started on their own […]

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Kimberly Ridley visits Milbridge Elementary School

Milbridge Elementary School welcomed Kimberly Ridley with hallways filled with projects they had worked on after reading her books, “The Secret Bay” and “Extreme Survivors.” There were posters and shadow boxes of estuary creatures, photographs of students visiting a salmon hatchery, Haiku poetry and paintings inspired by a book authored by a Milbridge parent and […]

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