The Noah and Logan Tour, Part 8: Phoenix Public Library and Pulaski Public Library

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
From my evening at the Fulton Public Library!

From my evening at the Phoenix Public Library!


Here I am at the Pulaski Public Library!

Here I am at the Pulaski Public Library!

Hello everyone!  The following blog was originally written at the beginning of September.  I’ve been a bit busy and am just now getting around to sharing this with you all.  I hope you enjoy my blog!

You may notice a small difference in the title of this post compared to previous ones covering the promotional tour for my Noah and Logan series.  Even though summer is over, I still have a few events lined up on my calendar in conjunction with the fall season.  I fulfilled two of these recently.  The first was an evening appearance before an adult audience at the Phoenix Public Library in Phoenix, NY, and the second was an early morning presentation at the Pulaski Public Library in Pulaski, NY.

I was not sure what kind of audience I might have at the Phoenix Public Library because the event was held at a much later time during the day than my other events.  However, in short order, a group of interested adults assembled in the library’s large conference room.  I presented both of my Noah and Logan books as well as my two poems that have been published in the UNIQUE magazine.  Then I took questions from the audience and, with some help from my mother, I discussed at length my life with autism.  Needless to say, the conversation took some surprising turns.  It was a very lively and interesting event that I had a lot of fun doing!

A few days after Phoenix, I made my way to the Pulaski Public Library early in the morning to share my stories with a group of preschoolers and some of their parents.  The kids loved the stories, but it seemed to me that this group especially enjoyed the dinosaurs in  Noah and Logan Learn to Share!  Who knows, there may be ways to incorporate other dinosaurs in future Noah and Logan books!  

I want to give special thanks to the librarians, parents, and other people who organized these events and the audiences for making them extra memorable.  I’ll keep you posted here and on my website and Facebook pages about upcoming events.  See you soon!

The Noah And Logan Summer Tour, Part 1: Pulaski Public Library and Fulton High School

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Here I am with the second "Noah and Logan" book at the Pulaski Public Library for their Disability Awareness Day.  The mural on the background wall is much larger than this photo may make it seem, and it is indeed very vibrant and colorful!

Here I am with the second “Noah and Logan” book at the Pulaski Public Library for the Disability Awareness Day.

I stand next to my first "Noah and Logan" book at Fulton High School, May 2015.  The classroom has a projector, very handy for showing my book to the entire class.

I am standing next to my second “Noah and Logan” book at Fulton High School, May 2015.  I love that the classroom has a projector.  It came in very handy for showing my book to the classes.

Hi, everyone!  I’ve got some news regarding the Noah and Logan series.  First of all, the third book in the series, “Noah and Logan Tie Their Shoes,” is coming soon!  I can’t wait to introduce it to everyone!  Secondly, I am beginning a mini-summer tour of local libraries and organizations where I’ll be introducing and reading  “Noah and Logan Learn to Clean” and “Noah and Logan Learn to Share” to audiences of kids, parents, and anyone else that is interested, and I will also discuss my life as a person with autism and being a writer.

The tour was inspired by a recent Disability Awareness Day event that I participated in at the Pulaski Public Library.   There were stations set up that helped visitors understand what it would be like to have certain disabilities by engaging them in activities designed to simulate certain aspects of diversified disabilities.

I really enjoyed discussing my life, how my books came to be, and, of course, reading my stories to the event’s attendees!  I loved being able to share my books with the children and adults this way.  I am quite comfortable with discussing my life and work with a room full of people, and also in one-on-one encounters such as those I had with the people who came to my table.  I didn’t feel anxious at all, not even with the thought of sharing so much of myself.

I took this as a great accomplishment, and discussed with my Mom the possibility of participating in more events like this.  We decided to see if other libraries and organizations in the area would be interested in letting me share my stories.  To our delight, quite a few libraries we reached out to expressed great interest in having me be part of their upcoming activities; many more than I had previously thought possible.  Many have slotted me in for spots in their summer programs, with a few others reserving my presence for next fall.  I will keep you updated both here and on my Facebook pages regarding how they turned out.

In fact, another opportunity for sharing my work came to me just this past week.  I shared my stories as well as two of my poems with two classes at the Fulton High School and fielded questions afterward.  The students and teachers seemed very interested in what I was doing.  They were very receptive to my stories and poems, asked good questions, and were a very attentive audience.  I hope the people I meet this summer will be just as enthusiastic.  Again, I was very comfortable sharing myself and my stories with these groups; by now, it feels like second nature to me.

This summer is looking very promising for meeting new readers in all sorts of places and with a third “Noah and Logan” book on the way, there will be plenty to talk about.   If you are interested in coming to one (or more!) of these events, please keep an eye on this blog and the Noah and Logan and Benjamin Kellogg Author Facebook pages for information on dates, times, and locations!