Hitting the Road

For some insanely crazy reason, the stars aligned and in a few weeks I'll be on a two week road trip of storytelling and workshop presentations.

You know that feeling that you get when you are invited to present six or eight months before the event? "Oh, yes, that would be outstanding!" And it is. Many months in the future, no problemo. And then another request comes in for a nearby date. "That would be outstanding!"  And it is. Still far off somewhere, easy-peasy. And then another request comes in, also in that window of previous bookings, and suddenly I'm thinking "Tour". And then another request comes in and doesn't this all fall trippingly into a convenient two week window. And it does.

So, starting September 6 in my own home town of La Crosse WI, with our Storytelling Festival (where I do a little telling and emcee the Friday night spook tales), here's where you'll find me:

September 8-11
Joining Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Leah Langby, Merri Lindgren, Megan Schliesmann and Sue Abrahamson as mentor/lecturers at the Youth Services Development Institute with 25 youth librarians from around the state to make library magic.

September 12

Storytelling at a celebration for children in childcare in Marshfield

September 13-14
One of the featured tellers at the Chippewa Valley Storytelling Festival (Eau Claire) joining friends and colleagues Kevin McMullin, Tracy Chipman and the Saskill family.

September 17
Doing a three hour workshop on Stealth Programming for the Winnefox Library System .

September 19
Joining many fantastic colleagues and doing a presentation on the how to develop a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program for multiple southern WI library systems at one of the first - if not the first - of seven workshops statewide to roll out the amazing new Growing WI Readers initiative from DPI.

September 19-22
Chilling out with feminist library colleagues at a four day retreat in Wisconsin's charming Door County. This chance to share discussion, support, great food and friendship is always a highlight!

The finishing touches are being put on the presentations. The GPS is loaded. The powerpoints are on the flash drive. The handouts ready to go. The puppets packed.  See you on the road!

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