In the popular TV program, “Star Trek,” we saw the wonders of teleportation devices. In the movie, “Star Wars”, we witnessed the funny antics of the robots C3PO and R2D2. At the Naperville Public Library, we have harnessed technology to easily Skype (video chat) with authors using a laptop, a screen, and a Communicator.
This very week, NPL patrons Skyped LIVE with an author. With a video-feed of author Sarah Prineas projected onto a screen, our group of eager 95th St. Bookologists asked interesting questions and interacted directly with the author. Not only did the author share the ideas that led her to create some of her magical books, she answered each child’s question thoughtfully and in an animated way. She even held original items up to the web camera such as full-size drawings of her books’ characters and a life-size dragon knitted by one of her friends that is based on a character from one of her books.
You might be asking, “Did the children like this new format of programming at the library?” Well….as soon as we thanked the author for her time and ended the chat, one Bookologist asked, “When are you doing something like this again?” Needless to say, we are hoping to skype more with authors in the future.
In fact, if you missed the Skype visit this week, go to Nichols Library this Wednesday, April 25that 4:30 p.m. for their April Bookologist meeting. They will also Skype with author Sarah Prineas. It’s for 3rd-5th graders, and there is no registration required. Don’t miss this chance to learn secrets about the Magic Thief series and discover things you didn’t know about being an author!
Be on the lookout for more technologically-advanced programs….brought to you by the Naperville Public Library!