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Bring us to your library!

My library visits are different from my school visits.
- I change the program to appeal to the mixed ages of the audience. Please don't worry if the mix seems young; I've presented to a room of mostly moms and toddlers with great results: The rest of us drew the babies -- it was fun!
- I try to avoid repeating information from my daytime school program in case any students are attending both.

What I often cover:
- Ellie McDoodle word doodles

- a glimpse inside my teen journals
- the "glamorous" author life (rejection, revisions, hard work)
- question and answer time
- what makes a good character
- what makes a good story
Sometimes we build a story together; sometimes we create  characters from one generic cartoony mouse, and then put them
in an illustrated story. 
The audience sketches with me, learning basic concepts in illustrating animals and people.

I bring:
- my document camera and projector
- a few handouts (bookmarks, etc)

You supply:
- microphone
- screen to project on to (or a large white wall also works)
- table for props
- chair for me
- paper and pencils for your audience
- promotions so your community knows I'm coming

New: a hands-on, 2-hour workshop on how to make a 12-page
Ellie McDoodle or Wimpy Kid-type illustrated book. Best for kids
ages 9 and up. It requires special supplies (glue sticks, lots of cut
paper, pencils with erasers, a stapler, more). Email us for more information -- we’ve had great success with it. 


Some frequently asked questions:

Should kids sit on the floor or at tables with chairs?
We’ve done both. I don't think kids care much. 
We can fold the paper enough that it's a fairly solid and small
surface to draw on even if they're sitting on carpet.

May we record the event? 
Yes, and please send me a copy. Thank you!

What ages/numbers should we limit this to?
I prefer no limits. I'm willing to work with whatever audience
shows up, whether it's huge or tiny, old or young.
I alternate basic and more complex art to keep all ages happy. 
My goal is to reach as many people as I can, to help them
embrace their inner cartoonist and writer.

What are your rates? 
Negotiable. Generally $150 plus travel expenses.
I live in south Lansing, Michigan, and am willing to travel far;
consider booking me for a nighttime event after I've visited a
school in the area. To help pay my fee you can run a book sale. 
Just check out this page.

Thank you for considering bringing us to your library. 
Contact Charlie for scheduling or if you have questions: cjbarshaw523@aol.com



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Kalamazoo Public Library audience draws with me

Some of the libraries I’ve presented at:

Grand Rapids
Haslett
Lansing
Allegan District Library
Dewitt
Holt
Harper Woods
Willard Library in Battle Creek
Delta Township
Ann Arbor
New York Public Library
Dearborn
Chelsea
Paw Paw

My favorite librarian:
When I was 12 I adored Miss Elizabeth Barneswell*, the youth librarian in my city.
She inspired me to read 53 books in just 2 weeks. She also inspired the sweet youth librarian, Miss Claire, in the Ellie McDoodle books. Miss Claire is the first friend Ellie makes in her new city in book 2.
 
* at least, I think that was her name.

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photo by Heather Powers, 
booksigning at Texas Library Association conference

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