isn't dusty facts," Jennifer Armstrong has said. "History
is stories -- stories about people who came before us." The
author of over 100 books, she has won numerous awards for both
fiction and nonfiction and loves talking to students about stories.
She has access to both Skype and iChat for online
have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her
to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing
her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will
then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first,
depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A
is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually
to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes
the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format
will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have.
If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images
onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat
different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of
If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know
before setting up the program and please provide a general idea
of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least
a week before the chat so she can prepare.
She'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the
chat, but be sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she
can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
rates may be negotiable.
see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the
page for a list of her books, information on her presentations
when she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information
for getting her books from a variety of sources.
FEW WORDS FROM A COUPLE OF LIBRARIANS WHOSE YOUNG PA TRONS SKYPED
you can't have Jennifer live, Skype is the next best thing!
North Quincy Street
Jefferson Middle School TAB Club had a wonderful Skype chat with
Jennifer Armstrong. Ms. Armstrong helped us prepare by sending
us a short introductory video ahead of time. Even though we were
hundreds of miles apart, Skype brought Ms. Armstrong right into
our library. Students were so excited to have Ms. Armstrong right
in front of them answering their questions about her books and
being an author! An author visit using Skype is like watching
a professional sports game on TV—with Skype, you're not actually
there, but you can see and hear things a whole lot better. We
couldn't shake Ms. Armstrong's hand, but this visit was a lot
less expensive and easier to plan. This was our first Skype author
visit; we hope to have more Skype videoconferences with authors
Information available upon request)