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Reflections on a School Visit

I’ve been meaning to share this for a week but I’ve been under the weather and had a few deadlines.

I love visiting schools to share ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON with children. It’s fun to watch them respond to the story and then talk about it afterwards. I also share a slide show with a bit about me when I was a child, my inspiration for writing the book, and some of my photography. The photo above is the skylight in the space where I did a recent presentation. In the book, Aliana uses a skylight to create the surprise at the end of the story so it was a magical feeling to read the book beneath one.

I was welcomed by a display case with information about me, ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON, and phases of the moon which is part of the story.

Connecting with children is the thing I miss most about teaching. I knew every day in the classroom I was changing lives and making a difference. It was both an honor and a responsibility. The feedback was immediate and also something I could see over time. They were also changing my life in the process. With writing, the impact on children is still there, but I may not even know about it except when I’m able to visit a school.

Written with gratitude for librarian Jolene Gutierrez, the teachers, and the children of Denver Academy.

Six Months Later – Six Highlights

ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON was released on 2/19/19 (An author’s reflection in no particular order)
  • Reconnecting with children I used to teach and their families and knowing how proud they are that I reached this goal.
  • Being on panels and in groups which connected me with authors of distinguished status.
  • Being part of Apollopalooza in July as the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon.
  • Seeing my book on the shelf at a bookstore or library.
  • Hearing feedback from children and parents that they love the book.
  • As of today Aliana has 62 reviews on Amazon for which I am sincerely grateful.

Tomorrow night a giveaway raffle that I’m participating in will be available! #12Books12Winners – I’ll share the link when it’s live.

Volunteer Appreciation Week

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, I was able to be part of a project at the Boulder Public Library’s MakerSpace. If you follow this blog, you saw a post recently featuring some of the incredibly creative artwork that has been made there.

On Monday, a group of 20 volunteers from around the city of Boulder were able to create a laser cut Field Book. Most of the others spend their time volunteering in the parks, open space, or trails and their designs reflected those interests. I am a tutor at the library and a writer, so my design honors my love of books and my debut, ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON, which is now available at the library! If you are a patron of your local library, you can request that it be at your library too and I will be forever grateful.

Maker Made Exhibit

Boulder Public Library is the home to so many wonderful resources. The exhibit that I’ve been admiring for the past two months is on its way out. Here are a few highlights.

Both of these installations were created by Rozie Vajda who was kind enough to give me a demonstration as recorded in the video.

Art of Data – Exhibit

This art exhibit, at the Boulder Public Library, shows a variety of data represented through art.

As these photographs demonstrate, artists took different information and created unique ways to share it. Looking at weather, population distribution, water, and other statistics combined with their own creativity, led to this interesting event.

Note; This is only a portion of what is displayed.

Yarn-fiti A colorful exhibition at Boulder Library

A lampshade and lamppost covered in knitting.

A place for children to appreciate crocheted and knitted craft

All displays were created for this installation by members of the community coming together to create community. Ages ranged from 8 – 91 at monthly “knit-in” sessions hosted by the Boulder Library.

Wish You Were Here

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the library and getting a library card is always my first stop when I move to a new town. In the suburbs of Chicago were I lived for many years, my friends joked it was my version of “Cheers!” Meaning it’s the place where everybody knows my name.

The Boulder Colorado Library has a beautiful gallery space which features a new exhibit every month or six weeks. Currently on display is the handmade sweater exhibit called “Wish You Were Here.” These are a few of my favorites in the exhibit. I’m a frequent visitor to the library so I’ve seen this exhibit in solitude, with wool spinners gathered for a demonstration, and crowded during planned events. I’m sorry it will be leaving soon, but I look forward to what’s next.