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“Another wonderful day at the Hoover Library”

by on October 13, 2011


That’s Delia Ray, the author of Here Lies Linc, sitting in the middle of 362 enthusiastic TAG students.

A great adventure took place at the Hoover Presidential Library on October 4, when we hosted a Book Talk which included a cemetery sleuth named Julie Zahs, original song lyrics written and performed by Jan Jasiewicz and Mike Phelan, Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes by Bill Sterba, historical tours, boxed lunches in the park, and best of all was hearing Delia’s marvelous presentation as she encouraged us all to be writers.

That’s Delia explaining that the dog on the book’s cover was created from her family’s strange-looking mutt named Griff, who came from the animal shelter and provided the inspiration for C.B. in the book.

Again, thanks to everyone for a wonderful & educational day! It was fabulous!


Comments

Columbus Jct. Schools October 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

What a wonderful morning! We thoroughly enjoyed the author talk, the lunch and our tour of the exhibits. Thank you so much for all that you do.
Maureen B.

English Valleys October 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

This is a belated “thank you” for the Delia Ray Book Talk. My students and I really enjoyed the day. We actually started off by stopping at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City to see the Black Angel since it was right on the way. At the museum we went through the “From the School House to the White House” exhibit, looked at the grave site, enjoyed our picnic lunch, toured the school house, blacksmith shop, the Hoover home and the church and still had time to see a bit of the regular Hoover exhibits before attending the book talk. The slides were wonderful, but a favorite of mine was the bagpiper playing “Amazing Grace”.

I especially enjoyed looking at presidential report cards and old photographs in the traveling exhibit. Although I’ve been to the museum several times, I had never toured the village area and thought that was interesting.

I have been to Delia Ray’s book talks before. They are always well done and I thank you for planning them!! You even had perfect weather!!
Janie Miller

English Valleys October 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I attended the Book Talk on October 4th. I liked seeing the author of a book I actually read! I also liked seeing the bagpipe player. My TAG class and I saw the graves, blacksmith shop, and the house he was born in. In the museum my favorite part was the temporary exhibit, School House to White House. The report cards of the presidents were really cool! Overall, I had a great time at the museum.
Charlie

English Valleys October 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

We visited the Hoover Museum for Delia Ray’s Book Talk on October 4th. It was really fun! We enjoyed looking at the Friend’s Church, seeing the horse shoes in the blacksmith shop, the house where Hoover was born, and the schoolhouse. The best parts of the book talk were seeing pictures of Oakland Cemetery and when I got to ask a question and my sister didn’t even though she was right next to me! Thank you for having special events at the museum!
Elizabeth & Kaitlyn (students)

St. Ludmila School October 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

I wanted to thank you for another wonderful author visit! I don’t think I have ever heard a group of students more enthusiastic after a presentation. They really enjoyed the morning. Ms. Ray’s comments were very informative and she is so easy to listen to. :) I also thought the question and answer session went very well and the additional presentations fit in so nicely. And what a wonderful ending treat the delicious lunch was! We even had time to run by Oakland cemetery and see the Black Angel!
Thanks again!
Barb

North Cedar Schools October 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

Thank you for inviting us to the Book Talk last week. I especially liked seeing the man play the bagpipes; I have never seen or heard the bagpipes before. I thought it was interesting to be able to see Mr. and Mrs. Hoover’s grave. I thought that was very fascinating! I liked the lunch because it was very delicious because I like Oreos and the sandwiches were very interesting.
Sincerely,
Nicole

North Cedar Schools October 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thank you for inviting us to the Book Talk last week, I especially liked the time we got to go and watch the mini videos pictures slide show. I thought it was interesting that the book had some characteristics. The man playing the bagpipes was cool; it was my second time. I wonder how long it takes to learn how to play the bagpipes.
Thank you for the lunch.
Sincerely,
Austin

North Cedar Schools October 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

Thank you for inviting us to the Book Talk last week. I especially liked learning more about gravestones and graveyards. I thought it was interesting that she knew so much about gravestones and graveyards. Thank you very much for the delicious meal. I thought the man playing the bagpipes was very interesting.
Sincerely,
Kaitlyn

North Cedar Schools October 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

Thank you for inviting us to the Book Talk last week. I especially liked the time we had for questions and when we sang.
I thought it was interesting when the lady showed us about the grave stones. And I really liked it when the man played the bagpipes. Thank you for the lunch.
Lizzeth

North Cedar Schools October 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

Thank you for inviting us to the Book Talk last week. I especially liked the information Ms. Ray shared with us about the Black Angel. I thought it was interesting that Ms. Ray knew the man that worked at the cemetery. Having the man play the bagpipe at the end was really cool. We also liked the box lunch It was good I had the sub.
Sincerely,
Jamie

North Cedar Schools October 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

Thank you for inviting us to the Book Talk last week. I especially liked the information Ms. Ray shared about the Black Angel and the idea of putting her dog in the story. I thought it was interesting that Ms. Ray knew the man that worked at the cemetery. Having the man play the bagpipes at the end was really cool. We also liked the box lunch because it was good and I had the sandwich that looked like a mini sub.
Sincerely,
Aaron

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