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“Stories from Civil Rights History, Then and Now” visit at your school or community library, Email Susan.



“Thank you for taking time to share your knowledge and passion with RHS students!”

Susan Semmler, Rosemount High School Information Media Center Specialist




Creative Ideas

Authors share a love for librarians. Rick Riordan says it well: “To all my librarian friends, champions of books, true magicians in the House of Life. Without you, this writer would be lost in the Dust.” Explore this page for creative ideas from some very special school and community librarians.

Informal Author Chat Draws Interested High School Students

Engaging with students in the RHS Information Media Center

Presenting signed copy to raffle winner Gabby Fisher

IMC Specialist Susan Semmler introduced Rosemount High School students and teachers to The FOG MACHINE via an informal chat with the author before the start of the school day.  Ms. Semmler particularly likes this type of event—held before or after school, during lunch, or on a Flex day—because:

Students attend by choice and can drop in as their schedule permits.

Such events are simple to plan and don’t take time away from classes.

Teachers can observe first-hand how students engage with the author.

RHS students—from avid readers to would-be published authors—engaged around questions such as:

What inspired you to write The FOG MACHINE?

How long did it take?

How did you create your characters?

What advice do you have for finishing a book?

A raffle for an autographed copy of The FOG MACHINE sweetened the appeal, as did complimentary juice and cookies.

“Meet the Author” Expands to Multimedia Community Engagement Event

Dakota County Library teamed up with the Rosemount Area Arts Council and the author to design a “Stories from Civil Rights History, Then and Now” Community Engagement around The FOG MACHINE. With the Soulful Sounds Gospel Choir performing freedom songs and panelists—Freedom Summer veteran Gail Falk and local educator/activist Jason Sole—joining the author, this event broke attendance records.



With planning committee: Christy Wayne, Frances Veit, Russ Cogar, and John Loch.


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