Fictional Band Touring Libraries

With the YA novel Reunited (Simon & Schuster, June 2012), Hilary Weisman Graham has written a book that rocks.  Literally.

3 ex-best friends drive from Boston to Austin to catch the reunion concert of Indie band, Level3.  Is Level3 a real band?  They do have 2 songs, band photos, and a website, but they are entirely fictional.

Now, that fictional band is touring libraries!
How can a fictional band go on tour, you ask?

With a good story, lots of free stuff for your tweens and teens, and a REAL opening act!

Libraries on the tour get:

1) Live Performance by Level3’s opening act, Dilly Dilly.  Dilly Dilly is NOT fictional, but a “part folk, part electronic, entirely other” singer/songwriter who will perform a set (while apologizing for Level3 who is “stranded in Eastern Europe with visa trouble.”)

2) Giveaway by text message to your patrons of:
• 3 FREE chapters of the YA novel, Reunited
• 2 FREE MP3’s by Level3
• 2 FREE MP3’s by Dilly Dilly
• Chance to win a $50 Ticketmaster gift certificate

3) Photo Booth
set up during the show that allows tweens/teens to have their picture taken “inside” the Level3 VW band tour bus.

4) Concert Poster customized for your library.

5) Local press pitched by Reunited/ Level3’s entirely REAL marketing team.


Library Tour Dates
7/13/12
Portland Public Library, Portland, ME 
7/17/12
Chicopee Public Library,Chicopee, MA
7/18/12
Marian J. Mohr Library, Johnston, RI
7/20/12
Barrington Public Library, Barrington, RI
7/21/12
Darien Library, Darien, CT 06820

7/23/12
Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, NH 03842
7/24/12
Public Library of New London, N. London, CT
7/25/12
Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy, MA
7/27/12
Hershey Public Library, Hershey PA 17033
7/31/12
Pittsboro Public Library, Pittsboro, NC 27312
8/1/12
Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, NC
8/4/12
Grand Prairie Public Library, Grand Prairie, TX

Not on the tour?
1) No worries.  Free chapters and MP3’s will be offered nationwide here.
2) You might try begging the Booking Agent, Michael Whittaker.  Dilly Dilly might just swing in on her LA to Boston return trip.

Questions?
Contact Kirsten Cappy at Curious City at 207-420-1126 or kirsten@curiouscity.net.


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Memento Nora: Communicating Social Justice Through Comics

Based on the Book:
Memento Nora
By Angie Smibert
Published by Marshall Cavendish
Hardcover ISBN: 9780761458296
Ebook Available
Ages 10 and 16

Best Users:
Art Educators, Grades 6-10 Classrooms, Middle School Librarians, Book Clubs, Comics Clubs

Best Audience:
Readers Grades 6-10

About the Book:
The three teens in Memento Nora have secretly chosen not to take the common drug that allows the citizenry to forget traumatic memories.  In Smibert’s future, trauma abounds as the cities suffer frequent “terrorist” attacks.  Drug-free and memories intact, the characters Nora, Micah, and Winter see a pattern of corruption that they expose through the publication of an underground comic.

About the Comics Project:
This comics project allows readers to grapple with the concepts of social justice expressed in the novel and those in the real world within the framework of a comics panel.  Participants in the project read the novel and engage in a Socratic book discussion.  That discussion delves deeper into the themes of oppression, equality, and corruption in the novel and allows students to see those themes in their personal experience or in historical or current events.  Readers then select a scene of their choosing from the book or from a real or imagined event and visually communicate it in a comic strip.  The author of Memento Nora has been inviting readers to publish those comics at www.mementonora.com.

This project was created in association with the Maine College of Art’s Art Education department and piloted at King Middle School in Portland, Maine. The lesson plans were produced by educator, Jaime Devin.

Resources:
Visit the Memento Nora Project
Download the Lesson Plans
Read about the creation of the project.
• Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library

Too Many Frogs: Cross Generational Event Kit to Save the Frogs

Based on the Book:
Too Many Frogs!
By Ann and John Hassett
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover ISBN: 9780547362991
Ages 4 and up

Best Users:
Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Pre-K-2 Classrooms, Nature Centers, Birthday Parties

Best Audience:
Children Grades PreK-2, Senior Citizens

Event Description:
TOO MANY FROGS!
A  Read-Aloud Event for Seniors and Children

Seniors, Nanas, and Papas are invited to come to an event with children or grandchildren of their own or to meet children in the community.  Children (ages 3-7) and families are invited to this event with or without their grandparents.  Together we will be reading Too Many Frogs! by John and Ann Hassett, the tale of a clever senior citizen and the kids in her neighborhood who save a group of “thump-thump-bonking” frogs.  Together, we will play a game to rescue some pretend frogs and learn how to protect frogs in real life.

About the Event Kit:
This event kit has the following components:
• A cross generational event invitation and a poster for senior citizens and families with young children (ages 3-7) that mirrors the partnership of the senior citizen character, Nana Quimby, with the book’s neighborhood children.
• A frog finding / rescuing game that mirrors Nana Quimby and the children’s successful rescue of the frogs in Nana’s cellar.
•  A take away sheet that tells adults and children how to help frogs by simple conservation acts at home.
• A tea party social that mirrors the book’s final scene of eating cake with froggy friends.
• A coloring sheet.

Resources:
Download the Event Kit (PDF)
Visit the Author/Illustrator Website
• Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library