Wisconsin author, Clark Kidder, chronicled the life of his paternal grandmother in his book, "Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider." If you missed his presentation at the Kimberly Public Library last week, you may want check out this recording of his program from the Hedberg Public Library. What a great connection of this year's Reads to a Wisconsin story.
There are some wonderful events coming up in the next couple of weeks that will give you more background on themes included in the 2015 Reads selection, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Here's a sampling, but be sure to check the Events page for more.
Foster Care in the Fox Cities
March 10, 6:30PM, Kimberly Public Library
March 31, 6:30PM, Kaukauna Public Library
April 2, 7:00PM, Appleton Public Library
Andrea Lemke-Rochon, Foster Care Coordinator for the Outagamie and Calumet Counties' Foster Care Program, will discuss foster care in our region. The presentation will highlight the positive impact that foster care has had on children and families in our community as well as stories about the challenges associated with fostering. Lemke-Rochon will talk about the unique needs of foster children and what the community can do to support them. Information will be included about the requirements necessary to become licensed as foster parents, the licensing process and additional ways to help support foster children such as short-term respite care and mentoring. Heart-warming and honest videos designed by foster children will be shared to provide a glimpse into the experiences of foster children, their families and foster families.
You Think You Can Write: Historical Fiction and Nonfiction
March 24, 6:30PM, Kaukauna Public Library
For those interested in writing either Historical Fiction or Historical Non-Fiction! Have you ever wondered where or how to find information on your topic? How to tell if a source is credible? A recent UW-Green Bay graduate with a degree in History and Humanistic Studies will be giving a brief class on how to efficiently research and analyze historical documents. The class will cover: what the difference between Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction means for your book; what research you can cover on your own and when to consult a specialist; when and how to cite your material, and more!
We hope to build community with each Fox Cities Reads we do. So don't miss all of the exciting opportunities available to you in the coming weeks to read, think, talk, listen, and grow! Book discussions and programs related to this year's book are scheduled and awaiting your participation. Check the Events page for dates, times, and venues.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was announced this morning as the 2015 Fox Cities Reads selection.
A launch was held at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton with greetings and support for the Reads voiced by Mayor Tim Hanna.
Here is a description of the book from the author's website:
Brynn was happy to meet Wonder author, RJ Palacio, during Palacio's recent visit to the Fox Cities. Students in Neenah recently held fundraisers to help raise money to help with transportation costs for Brynn's surgeries. Thanks for the community efforts to help this extraordinary child! Choose Kind!
Our 2014 Fox Cities Reads author took the Fox Valley by storm, reaching over 4,000 students, teachers, and others during her 2-day visit.
Little Chute Middle School students celebrate the author's arrival.
Palacio shares the story that inspired her to write Wonder.
Palacio with the 2014 Reads Writing Contest winner, Miles Beach, and his mother.
Our favorite precept! Will YOU choose kind? Make the pledge today and carry Palacio's positive message forward.
Thanks to everyone who supported Palacio's visit and to everyone who participated in the programs!