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Author 'Visit' A Lesson in Creativity for Northsiders

Thanks to technology, students at Northside got a ‘visit’ from best-selling author Patrick Carman this week. During library time, students learned about Carman’s work and how the award-winning author imagined and crafted the books he’s written.

1st-3rd graders got a behind-the-scenes look at the books Elliot’s Park and Balls, while 4th and 5th graders learned about The Inventors and Towervale.

Northside Librarian Cheryl Scarborough said she chose to ‘bring’ Carman into the library because she knew her students would enjoy both Carman’s books and learning from him about writing and creating.

Because the presentations were virtual and pre-recorded, Online and On-Campus students were able to participate and complete the activities.

Each presentation also came with activities for students to do that connected back to the books. For the book Balls, students learned directly from the illustrator, Carman’s daughter, Reece Carman, how to draw the characters they just read about, and with Elliot’s Park, Carman created an entire website for students to explore.

“With first through third graders, the students really enjoyed being creative and learning how to draw some of the characters,” she said.

And what’s better for kids than a game to play while reading? For the book Towervale, students played a video game as they read the book.

“Knowing students love video games, I thought the book would be the perfect choice for them to read and learn more about,” Scarborough said.

It wasn’t all games though, Scarborough said Carman’s presentations also helped teach important reading and writing skills.

“He is such a fun guy and really connects to the students. He taught them some good tips for story writing and using their imagination,” she said.