Amazing, engaging, and uplifting are three words that describe our visit with Gary Schmidt, his wife Anne and her Aunt Clara. Gary’s visit focused on his extraordinary new book Okay for Now. He enthralled and inspired us as he explained his writing process and the discoveries he had made as he searched for answers to a series of questions.
One of the Friends Over Books meetings was held on Swan’s Island in the beautiful new library there. In preparation for the author session, the children read the book, participated in a facilitated group discussions and generated a list of book-related questions. They also devised a clever conversation starter (see picture). A similar session was held on Mount Desert Island at the Northeast Harbor Library along with a book talk open to the public.
Gary’s visit was topped off with a ferry ride and visit with award winning children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. Ashley lives on Islesford just off Mount Desert Island. We took a picnic lunch and had a wonderful visit, touring Ashley’s magical home and his collections of toys, puppets, and books. We also saw his beautiful stained glass windows made from sea glass, his book illustrations, paintings and hand puppets made from treasures found on the shore. A most memorable day!
It was a wonderful visit. Gary’s presentations deepened our own understanding of the characters and story of Okay for Now as well as important life questions and issues. It was an inspiring visit all round.