POWER OF STORY to engage your
students and readers with history!—
To request a
“Stories from Civil Rights History, Then
visit at your school or community library,
“Thank you for taking time to
share your knowledge and passion with
Semmler, Rosemount High
School Information Media Center
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
Informal Author Chat Draws Interested High
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
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
What inspired you to write
How long did it take?
How did you create your characters?
What advice do you have for finishing a
A raffle for an autographed copy of
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
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
With planning committee: Christy Wayne,
Frances Veit, Russ Cogar, and John Loch.