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GERALD AND LORETTA HAUSMAN

 

Gerald Hausman is an author and storyteller of adult and childrens books about Mythology, Animals, African American, Native American and West Indian cultures. He has entertained children of all ages at such places as the Kennedy Center, Harvard University, St. John's College and in schools from one end of the country to the other. Now he invites you into his home where he and his wife and sometimes collaborator, Loretta can talk to students via Skype about a wide variety of topics, talks that inspire tears and laughter, hope and appreciation for one's uniqueness.

FORMAT

 

Please 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 her books.

They have done closed-circuit satellite TV for several schools at a given time and welcome such large scale online chats.

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.

They will also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to Gerald and/or Loretta Hausman in a timely manner so they can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.

 

HONORARIUM FOR ONE OR BOTH OF THEM:

$175 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$350 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

$500 * for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

 

Please visit Gerald and Loretta Hausman to see their bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list of their books, information on their presentations when they come to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting their books from a variety of sources.

Grade levels: K-YA

Residence: FL

A FEW WORDS FROM A LIBRARIAN WHOSE YOUNG PA TRONS SKYPED WITH GERALD AND LORETTA HAUSMAN:

I just wanted to thank everyone for letting me have this opportunity. The teachers and the kids were so appreciative of having time to speak with the Hausmans. This was the first time for many of them to have one-on-one time with a published author. Byrd Middle School has an author come in the spring each year, but it's usually such a large group, the kids don't get much out of it. Today, they were talking among themselves as the left the library about being able to talk to Mr. and Mrs. Hausman. While they were quiet and a little shy during the chat, they left with smiles and great conversations about what they had heard. Thank you so much for sticking with this. It truly made an impact on the kids.

 

 

Mary Menk

Teen Librarian

Gayton Branch Library

Henrico County Public Library

10600 Gayton Road

Henrico , VA 23238-4117

mmenk@henrico.lib.va.us

tel. 804-740-2747