Meet the author! The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library will host Children’s Author Michael Shoulders on Thursday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m. Shoulders has written several non-fiction books including N is for Natural State: An Arkansas Alphabet as well as fiction books like Say Daddy. Shoulders will also visit area schools in the days leading up to the library’s Meet the Author event on Thursday. “I share the entire writing process from ideas to publication. However, I begin my talks by making a human connection with students by showing them my family, home, and my pets. I show them some secrets about books that most people do not know,” said Shoulders.
Providing an opportunity for children to meet an author or an illustrator is something that the public library in Jonesboro does each year. CCJPL Youth Services Librarian Kay Taylor said, “We started the ‘Meet the Children’s Author’ program in 2001 with Arkansas author Crescent Dragonwagon. This is our 17th year to bring a children’s author to Jonesboro. We visit 10 to 12 schools over three or four days. Children think authors live in big cities far away. When they get to see an author like Michael Shoulders in their school doing a program with them they find out that authors are just regular people. Our authors share how they write, how they get published and share real information to help children become better at writing.”
“Meeting a real live author connects students to books in profound ways. I believe it’s a perfect example of ‘If I can see it, I can be it.’ When hearing an author or illustrator talk about their books, students become insiders to the book publishing process,” said Shoulders. He said in the school visits he uses some fun “tricks” for students. “I incorporate a couple of magic tricks into my talk. I hope children understand the magic they can find in reading and the magic to be found in books,” said Shoulders. The evening program will be a little different to focus on folks of all ages. He said he will talk about family literacy and things families can do to increase the chances their children will love to read. “Shoulders’ newest book, Crossing the Deadline, won the Charlie May Simon Reading List for Children grades 4-6 this school year. It is historical fiction about the Civil War and has a tie-in to American History. His main character is on the steamboat, The Sultana, returning home from Indiana from a Confederate prison camp after the war ends. The Sultan sank just out of Memphis and is America’s worst maritime tragedy. Marion, Arkansas is the closest town to the buried remains of the steamboat,” said Taylor
The Meet the Children’s Author event is sponsored by the Public Library, the Friends of the Library and the Jonesboro Junior Auxiliary.
The library is located at 315 West Oak Avenue. For more information on programs and events you can contact the library at 870-935-5133 or visit www.libraryinjonesboro.org.