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Upcoming Events

  • June 11, 2024 @ 10:30am: National Corn on the Cob Day Storytime!

    • Ricker Memorial Library, Poland

  • June 18, 2024 @ 1:00 pm: Sprout Storytime

    • New Gloucester Public Library

  • June 22, 2024 @ 12:30pm: Summer Reading Kick Off!

    • Libby Memorial Library, Old Orchard Beach

  • June 26, 2024 @ 10:30am: Kennebec Montessori School

  • July 24, 2024 @ 3:00pm: Sprout Storytime

    • Mr. Drew's and His Animals, Too

  • July 26, 2024 @ 10:00 am: Sprout Storytime

    • Rangeley Public Library

  • July 29, 2024 @ 10:30 am: Full Harvest Storytime

    • Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth

  • August 7, 2024 @ 10:00 am: Garden Tasting

  • August 14, 2024 @ 6:00pm: Full Harvest Storytime

    • Underwood Memorial Library, Fayette

  • September 4, 2024 @ 10:00 am: Garden Tasting

 

 

Stay tuned for more event dates!

Books will be available for purchase at all events thanks to

Kelly's Books to Go and/or Print: A Bookstore

Many thanks to all those who have hosted me in the past:

- Fruit Street School, Dunn School, Russell School

- Gray Public Library, Oakland Public Library, Windham Public Library, Wells Public Library, Gardiner Public Library, North Gorham Library

- Pineland Farms, Highland Farms, Mr. Drew & His Animals Too

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"I was very satisfied with hosting Kalee Gwarjanski in honor of her debut picture book, Miss MacDonald Has a Farm. In the lead-up to the program, Kalee was very responsive via email. Kalee arrived early and was set up and ready to go ahead of our start time. I also appreciated Kalee supplying her own bookseller—that makes it a lot easier for me, not worrying about the books at all.

Kalee read her story energetically, keeping the children engaged. They loved putting flannel pieces of vegetables on the board (and I did too!). We supplemented the program with some Laurie Berkner songs to dance to, which was a lot of fun. Afterward, we colored some pictures that were supplied by Kalee, and kids seemed to really enjoy it, telling me all about their favorite vegetables. I would recommend Kalee’s program to other librarians, especially those interested in gardening and the local food movement."

- Samantha Cote, Windham Public Library

Sprout Storytime

- Windham Public Library

Programs

Miss MacDonald sprout

Sprout Storytime
($100)

Kalee will read aloud Miss MacDonald Has a Farm with and interactive felt board. There is an option to read additional themed picture books. After there will be time for Q&A and book signing. Kalee will also provide printable custom coloring pages.​

Miss MacDonald harvesting pumpkins

Full Harvest Storytime
($250)

This program is an extension of Sprout Storytime. It includes all listed there plus 2 additional read alouds and assistance with a craft. All related to a theme, such as peapods, or gardening. Customizable.

Community harvest feast Miss MacDonald

"We eat things that grow"
School Visit
($600)

Ideal for assemblies or multiple groups, Kalee will read Miss MacDonald Has a Farm and discuss the themes in the book. These include parts of the plant and types of vegetables we eat with audience participation with an interactive felt board. And of course, there will be plenty of time for Q&A and book signing. This program is best suited for elementary schools and customizable.

Writing

Twisting A Classic

This creative writing class will study picture books that have taken a classic story and twisted it into something new. We will dive deep into multiple examples to study how to do it. Then with writing prompts we will work in the moment to try out your own ideas. This class can be modified for any age. Probably best suited for 6th grade to adults.

Girl Reading a Book

Find the Refrain

Picture books are meant to be read aloud and a refrain can be an earworm inviting readers to want to read it again and again. In this workshop, we will study multiple picture book examples, diving down deep to the word level to examine why they are effective. Then there will be guided time to brainstorm and work on a refrain to incorporate into your current WIP.  As time allows, there will be opportunities for sharing and feedback. 

Virtual Team Meeting

Virtual

Virtual options are available for all programs.

Details

- Pricing includes up to 100 miles travel. Additional mileage will be charged at the standard 67 cents per mile.

- Events located beyond 2 hours from Gray, Maine will require housing. - Events located beyond 4 hours will likely require airfare and housing.

- School Visit is for the day, including up to 4 sessions.

- I ask that schools provide lunch. I am open to eating with students and/or teachers during lunch break.

- I am open to customizing the programs to adapt to budgets. Please don't hesitate to reach out.

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