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4/14/2021 8:04:00 AM
Good Karma

Lincoln County Public Library
Press Release


New York Times Bestselling Children’s Author Karma Wilson will be visiting the Lincoln County Public Library as part of its Beyond the Book literacy initiative next week (April 19th-24th).  Wilson, the second featured author in the series, will share some of her stories and poetry as she talks with young readers about the writing process. 

“Karma was a wonderful choice for our visiting authors series because of the popularity of her Bear books.  Her works are favorites in story times and classrooms across the country” says Phillip Overholtzer, Library Program Outreach Manager.

The Lincoln County Public Library will be offering several events with Wilson as part of its regular programming schedule as well as hosting author talks at local elementary schools. The goal of these programs is to generate enthusiasm for reading and writing.  According to Jennifer Sackett, Library Director, “Meeting an author helps connect readers to characters and stories in a more personal way. These author visits are designed to build confidence in young readers and inspire creativity through writing and illustrating.”  

Registration will be required at each event due to limited space and the necessity of social distancing.    Karma will be signing copies of her books which will be available for purchase at each event.

 In anticipation of the author’s visit, the Storywalks® at Highland Drive Park, Rock Springs Nature Preserve, Vale Recreational Park and West Lincoln Park will each be featuring one of the Bear books. A special Storywalk® through downtown Lincolnton will also be posted in partnership with local businesses and the Downtown Development Association.

Wilson grew up the only child of a single mother in the wilds of North Idaho. TV reception was limited to three channels so she read or played outdoors. By age 11 she was devouring about a novel a day. Wilson even tried to read while riding her bike down dirt roads, which she does not recommend as it is hazardous to the general well-being of the bike, the rider, and more importantly the book.

If you ask Wilson what her favorite book is that she has written she will respond, “That is like asking which of my children I like best. There really is no set answer. There are things I like about all of my books. I would say that the Bear books are very meaningful to me because Bear and his friend are constantly growing and changing as characters.”

Bear Snores On, the first in Wilson’s well-loved Bear series, was published in 2002. Since then she has had more than 40 books accepted for publication. Many of those are on the shelves of libraries and bookstores around the world. In recently released Bear Can’t Wait, Bear can’t sit still because he’s got a surprise planned for his good friend Hare. Wilson’s books share her love for fun, animals and the outdoors. She currently lives in Montana with her husband and two cats.

The Beyond the Book series is funded by a $50,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-246155-OLS-20).

To learn more about the author and her works visit www.karmawilson.com.

For updates on the Beyond the Book programs visit www.mylincolnlibrary.org, or the Lincoln County Public Library Facebook page.


 

Event Dates, Times and Locations:

Monday, April 19 – East Lincoln Community Center, 8160 Optimist Road, Denver

Children’s Writing Workshop – 4:15pm (writing process and puppetry) Grades 2-3

Discover the process of writing books from start to finish with a mixture of silly humor, storytelling, and puppet shows.

Library Children’s Writing Workshop – 6:30pm (poetry) Grades 3-5

Explore the fun/silly process of rewriting a common nursery rhyme into something very ridiculous and hilarious.

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Tuesday, April 20 – Charles R. Jonas Library, 306 West Main Street, Lincolnton

Children’s Writing Workshop – 4:15pm (writing process and puppetry) Grades 2-3

Discover the process of writing books from start to finish with a mixture of silly humor, storytelling, and puppet shows. 

Children’s Writing Workshop – 6:30pm (poetry) Grades 3-5

Explore the fun/silly process of rewriting a common nursery rhyme into something very ridiculous and hilarious.

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Wednesday, April 21 – Charles R. Jonas Library, 306 West Main Street, Lincolnton

Children’s Writing Workshop – 6:30pm (writing process) Grades 2-5

Follow the process of how a book is created- from the seed of the idea to the final hardcover book.  View original artwork and sketches and discover details on how to improve your own stories.

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Thursday, April 22 – Howards Creek Community Center, 494 Howards Creek School Road, Lincolnton

Children’s Writing Workshop – 4:15pm (writing process and puppetry) Grades 2-3

Discover the process of writing books from start to finish with a mixture of silly humor, storytelling, and puppet shows.

Family Based Writing Workshop – 6:30pm (family) All ages

A mixed bag of storytelling, puppet shows, and silly poetry designed to spark your creativity and inspire you to read, write, and draw.

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Friday, April 23 – Charles R. Jonas Library, 306 West Main Street, Lincolnton

Family Based Writing Workshop – 6:30pm (family) All ages

A mixed bag of storytelling, puppet shows, and silly poetry designed to spark your creativity and inspire you to read, write, and draw.

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Saturday, April 24

Three presentations will be offered at a West Lincoln Library outdoor event – Call 704-735-8044 for details.



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