Take an AFTER DARK story walk in New Hampshire

REMINDER: Tune in KSMU this morning at 9:45 to hear the first segment of POETRY PALS, the new show that airs people reading poems for kids. I lead off today so I hope you’ll tune in. In Springfield you’ll find us at 91.1 FM and anywhere in the world you can follow through live-streaming on their website, http://www.ksmu.org.

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Matt Forrest Esenwine posted about how AFTER DARK is being used at part of a library sponsored nature walk. Many of you saw it but here’s the link to that. https://www.facebook.com/MattForrestVoice/posts/2852259121510385?comment_id=2852675348135429&reply_comment_id=2853310691405228&notif_id=1589847899277661&notif_t=comment_mention Sorry I haven’t mastered the art of shortening these addresses. Kathy Temean gave me a lesson once but I’ve long since forgotten how it worked. Anyway, Matt had told children’s librarian Sue Matott at the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner, NH about my book, she got a copy for her library, and it wound up being put to use in one of her “Story Walk” programs. Many thanks are due, first to Matt of course!, and then to Sue.

Intrigued by the notion of having story walks, I contacted Sue and she responded.

“We have many rail trails here. They are being built and groomed, trying to connect them so bikers and walkers can go many places freely and not be bothered on roads! One such section was finished 2 years ago and it ends (begins) right next to my library. Its a beautiful section about 1/3 of a mile long that has a covered bridge on the other end. So, one of my patrons was wanting to do his eagle scout badge but was “stuck” as to what to do! I was dreaming of a story walk, and poof, the concept was brought to reality!! He (and his troop) did all the work! Alex and I came up with the design together. I am now responsible for the stories, and the rail trail group maintains the trail! I have 21 podiums, each has a page of the book, so as you take the wonderful walk along the river, you read the book. If the story is too long, I double the pages on the podiums, or if too short I usually add poems that are related to the topic of that particular story.”

Sue Matott
Children’s Librarian
Pillsbury Free Library
PO Box 299/ 18 E. Main St.
Warner NH 03278
603-456-2289
pfl.child@tds.net

Welcome to the Library!

Isn’t this a grand idea? With Sue’s permission I posted this today to introduce you to her program and encourage folks in other parts of the country to consider doing something similar.

I’m signing AFTER DARK today

BULLETIN: TODAY’S SIGNING AT PAGINATION BOOKSHOP IS CANCELLED. THE OWNER JUST NOW CALLED TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE CONFUSION. SO NOW IT’S MY TURN TO APOLOGIZE TO YOU FOR MY CONFUSION. I HOPE TO TELL YOU BEFORE LONG OF A NEW DATE BEING SET. AGAIN, SORRY.

Hi everyone,

Today I finally get to sign some books! Those of you who live near Springfield and don’t mind the possibility of a little rain are invited to come by The Pagination BookShop at 1150 E. Walnut St. I’ll be signing AFTER DARK, CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS and perhaps other titles as well so hope to see some people there, masks and all. I’ll be wearing mine.

After all the cancellations of promotional efforts to help introduce AFTER DARK when it came out in February, I’m truly delighted to finally have a chance to personally introduce it to the public.

From Missouri to England to Mexico

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been approached by a designer in London who was working on a project for a major department store on a Valentines campaign, “For the love of poetry.” The project tested successfully so I’m standing by for possible future involvement.

I recently sent her the first two videos I’ve made of me reading from AFTER DARK and NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T. Yesterday I heard from her that she has shared the videos with her aunt in Mexico City who is principal at an English school called Humanitree. Needless to say, I am delighted! I may be stuck at home making videos in my bathroom, but at least my stories are seeing the world.

Making a home video

Hi everone,

I’ve finished two videos and am working on how to share them with folks who want them. Here’s a picture from the one of me reading from AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

I think it turned out okay, maybe not as good as the videos taken with Mary Jo Fresch when we were in a professional recording studio in California, but still not too bad for a home video.

But things aren’t always what they seem so I thought I should share the back story of my videos, in case kids might want to make some videos of their own during these weeks when they are being schooled at home. Here is me practicing in my “sound booth.”