Camano Island Library Pilot Project Blog

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Author & Illustrator Road Trip to Elger Bay Elementary

Mary Jennings, our Camano Island Library Pilot Project Children's Liaison, reports on a recent school event:

Camano Island children’s author Carole Lexa Schaefer and Whidbey Island children’s author/illustrator Pierr Morgan presented a Young Authors Workshop to 60 fourth and fifth graders at Elger Bay Elementary on March 14. The program, which was facilitated by the Camano Island Library Pilot Project and funded by the Camano Island Library Friends, provided an overview of the collaborative process between an author and illustrator when creating a children’s picture book. Schaefer and Morgan, who have published over 40 books, demonstrated how an idea for a story is developed and then published into an actual book. They also described the importance of imagination and keeping a journal of thoughts about potential stories.

Additionally, the team discussed the need for perseverance and patience when working with book publishing companies. Schaefer and Morgan read several of their books including their latest "Who’s There", which will be published in June. The students were given the hands-on activity of creating a “dummy”—the folded paper that is a model for a picture book. Throughout the workshop, the children were encouraged to ask questions about the creative process. Schaefer and Morgan were delighted with the students’ level of interest in book publishing. Both felt sure that there were many future authors and illustrators in attendance. Schaefer’s and Morgan’s books are available at the Camano Island Library.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

An Inside Look

As library people (and book lovers), we're constantly on the lookout for news, recommendations and (of course) gossip. I'll share with you one of my favorite go-to sites: Northwest Book Lovers.
Not only will you find featured books and authors, but you can visit local independent bookstores (Stanwood's Snow Goose Bookstore was featured a few months back), check out some publisher news blogs, see what super-librarian Nancy Pearl is up to, find out about author events in the area -- and visit one of my favorite sites, Awful Library Books. Just like in your garden, librarians have to regularly 'weed' the bookshelves, getting rid of the books that are too old, too ugly or just plain wrong. Check out the comments too -- some people really get worked up!