Awakening the Writer Within

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Jennifer Moore sent us the link to the video we made last week on Ozark Public Television. This is the program she hosted called AWAKENING THE WRITER WITHIN. It included three panelists, Jennifer Murvin, Dave Malone, and me.

If you would like to watch the one-hour show, or know someone who might, here’s where to find it.

Awakening the Writer Within | Sense of Community
Discussion of writing techniques

Once again, my thanks to Jennifer Moore for initiating and hosting the program. It was a pleasure to meet and work with Jennifer Murvin and Dave Malone.

Join me today on Mom Monday

BULLETIN: Here is how to find the Mom Monday show today at 3:30 CST:

Hi everyone,

Today at 3:30 CST I’ll be on KY3’s Emily Woods afternoon show called, “Mom Monday.” This morning at 10:30 Emily will interview me at David Harrison Elementary School and tape me reading to some of the kids. That report will be aired today on KY3 News at 4:00 and a longer version on News at 5:00.

The program at 3:30 is broadcast on Facebook so people can watch and post questions and comments. I believe you can find it by going to “Mom Monday Emily Wood,” but if I find a more direct address I’ll add it to this post as a bulletin. Hope you’ll join me.

Reach Out and Read

Hi everyone,

I had a pleasant surprise yesterday. Jesse Bornemann, one of the Awesomesauce Nine poets who joined me at The Barn in August, was telling me about a new partnership between Land’s End and Reach Out and Read, the national early literacy organization she works for, which is similar in many ways to Imagination Library. When children see their health provider for regular checkups, they receive a free book to take home. The program was founded in 1989 and is in all fifty states. Currently 4.7 million children per year are receiving books. Jesse noticed that Reach Out and Read website shows a picture of a book of mine and believes that I have others in the program. I’m delighted of course.
I’m grateful to Jesse for pointing this out to me!

Poetry for the Fun of It

Hi everyone,

I just head from Dr. Sam Bommarito, Reading Specialist/Staff Developer (retired), and new Co-Editor- Missouri Reader, that my recent article in Missouri Reader is now available live . I’ve happy to hear it and hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t seen it already.

Today is Day 2 at the current poetry workshop at The Barn near Honesdale. Good thoughts are going out to its leaders (Rebecca Dotlich and Georgia Heard) as well as to the poets who are this minute enjoying the opportunity to work and play together as they hone their poetic skills.

Last night Sandy and I attended a most thought provoking discussion/debate at Drury University by Carl Bernstein and PJ O’Rourke who addressed the issues of the current presidential candidates with plenty of historical overview about what has led to the prevailing political environment and widespread hostilities toward it. We were glad to be invited.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Hi everyone,
This month and next United Way of the Ozarks is holding its annual pledge drive. For those who wish to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Springfield, checks can be mailed to
United Way of the Ozarks
320 N. Jefferson
Springfield, MO 65806-1109

A gift of $25 provides twelve books, one each month, mailed to a child’s home for a year. Last week a man who read a recent article about this program walked into United Way and handed them a check for $1,000, enough to support 40 children for a year! Our Imagination Library is free to families who register their children from birth to five and live in areas with the greatest needs. Eventually we want to serve all children 0-5 in all areas of Greene County but we began where providing books in homes can do the most good and are currently reaching almost 2,000 kids every month.
I know that many of you live in other parts of the United States and in other countries. Imagination Library is in hundreds of cities and town across America and elsewhere. More than forty million books have been mailed to children and research has shown that reading to children under five on a regular basis improves their readiness for school when they reach kindergarten. If this program appeals to you and you wish to help, chances are there is an Imagination Library program near you. For anyone who lives in my area — or anyone anywhere who would like to help — please consider supporting us sometime during September and October. Last week a dear friend in Colorado sent a check, which I presented yesterday at an Imagination Library meeting. I wish I had taken a picture of those smiling faces!

Thank you!