Consider booking Barnaby Jones for a speaker showcase at your library any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in 2024.
Barnaby is a cryptozoologist, paranormal researcher, author, narrator, speaker, podcast host for "Monsters on the Edge" and "Whispers from the Dark," and founder/lead investigator of Wisconsin CAPS (Cryptids, Anomalies, and the Paranormal Society).
Barnaby, in collaboration with Barb and Craig Sulk, will be releasing the book Bigfoot is Hyden: The Incredible True Story of Strange Activities in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on January 1, 2024. This book will be available for purchase at the speaker showcase.
You can find more information about Barnaby and CAPS at www.wisconsincaps.com.
Speaker showcase presentations
Available presentations for his speaker showcase include:
The presentation is for adults, often for Friends of the Library groups, who are generally made up of passionate advocates for libraries and books, as Lutie was.
If you are interested in a performance of any kind, please let Stuart know. His website is StuartStotts.com and he's happy to provide references. If you are interested in a summer reading event, Stuart often finds it’s a lot more affordable if libraries work together to combine bookings.
"Thanks for your work. It’s not an easy time for many librarians, but I, and many others, believe you play an essential role in our society." - Stuart Stotts
Since its release, I’ve spoken about Tailspin at more than sixty events including forty libraries.
'Gene Moran’s story is, to put it mildly, amazing and John Armbruster’s presentation drew a crowd that was standing room only, which is rare in our tiny town! The presentation includes photos not included in the book, and Mr. Armbruster relates his experience recording Gene’s story so well. I would whole-heartedly recommend you include John Armbruster in your programming lineup.' - Amanda Hegge, Director, Whitehall Public Library
My presentations are an hour long and include video, audio, slides, readings and a display of banners and artifacts. I will also sell and sign books for as long as needed after the presentation.
The fee for my presentation is $400. I’ve already spoken at the following places in your Nicolet system area:
For more information on Tailspin, please read the (attached) sell sheet.
The recently released book "Shipwrecked and Rescued" has been selected as one of ten Notable Books for 2022 by the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association.
It's a true story about the only shipwreck and rescue of its kind ever on the Great Lakes.
View testimonials (PDF file) about the book.
Book price is $22, cost to libraries is $12. Free shipping - books are signed.
Contact: Larry Jorgensen
The following is taken directly from an email from Ryan Bernsten to NFLS:
"My name is Ryan Bernsten and I'm a Midwest-based writer. My upcoming book 50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy, which I wrote as a grad student at University of Oxford, is being released by the London-based publisher Bite-Sized Books on June 20th (US Hardcover) and March 28th in the UK. This book is a nonfiction account of my travels across all 50 states to meet people from different walks of life/political persuasions and is a modern take on Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. I grew up in Madison – I visited Racine, Marinette, Appleton, and Green Bay on my journey and would love to return to Wisconsin for an event with your library in 2023.
Here's some information about the book, a press release, and a press kit is (available below):
My name is Kaolee Yang, and I am one of the authors of two early literacy Hmong board books. Wisconsin is home to one of the largest Hmong population in the United States, and yet there are very little bilingual titles available in the public libraries. We would love to supply your library with these two new titles that teaches how to count in Hmong, and how to say the colors in Hmong."
"You can learn more about the two books at our website: https://www.thestoryclothshop.com/
The Midwest Book Review acclaims Jeff Nania's Northern Lakes Mysteries, stating they are "Especially and unreservedly recommended for community library collections…"
The audiobook for Figure Eight—read by the author—is now available to serve even more patrons and discounted through the month of May for library purchases.
Midwest author Jeff Nania's Northern Lakes Mystery series books are highly sought-after in Wisconsin libraries and demand is growing rapidly across the country. An award-winning author and conservationist, Jeff draws upon careers in law enforcement and natural resources to captivate readers and keep them wondering who is on the right side of the law. In Figure Eight (2019), readers meet John Cabrelli who, after a traumatic incident while on patrol in Madison, retreats to northern Wisconsin and unravels a mystery that could forever change the Northwoods. John's story continues in Spider Lake (2020) and Bough Cutter (2021) as he adjusts to a new life in Namekagon County with a colorful crew of characters in this crime fiction, with themes of community and natural resources throughout.
This best-selling Northern Lakes Mystery series is perfect for fans of William Kent Krueger, Victoria Houston, C. J. Box, and Patricia Skalka.
5/4/2022 update from Kelly Bolter, Adult Programming Coordinator @ Milwaukee Public Library:
We're counting down the days until Melinda Myers will be celebrating Pollinator Month with your libraries and patrons! She’ll be hosting 3 live webinars and 3 youth videos with corresponding DIY projects that can be done as part of library programming with kids, tweens and teens. These projects can also be accessed online for any families or households who would like to do this at home with take home kits.
Attached (below), you will find a DIY Project Supplies List created by Melinda. This could helpful for any libraries who plan on including them in a Summer Reading Program, and any take-and-make kits. Please note that step-by-step instructions for each of these DIY projects and the corresponding videos are being produced and will be available online by 5/16 on the program’s webpage, www.atc-GrowSmart.com/library. This page is currently under development.
I’ve also attach(ed) a refresher of the Pollinator Month program and content that will be provided to our libraries free of charge (see the attached June 2022 Pollinator Month Factsheet) and information so you can promote the 3 pollinator gardening webinars presented by Melinda to your patrons (see Pollinator Month 2022 Webinar Registration Info).
If you have any questions, please contact Diana Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for getting the word out about the importance of pollinators and ways we can help them! Please note the dates of the Pollinator Month Webinars are June 1, June 15, and June 22.
Original post: 3/21/2022
June is National Pollinators Month. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and how everyone can help them, American Transmission Co. is teaming up with gardening expert and author Melinda Myers. Together, they will produce and provide libraries throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with educational programming and content for National Pollinators Month.
The content and programming will be made available to the libraries at no cost and the libraries may offer the programs and content to their patrons throughout the month of June...
The issue of mental health is prominent everywhere and it is an issue that commands a new perspective. Without advocacy and awareness, we will continue to wait until the crisis stage to address mental health for Law Enforcement Professionals and by then it may be to late.
The Law Enforcement Culture tends to expect Law Enforcement Professionals to resist normal physiological responses to tragedies or critical incidents. This combination creates the perfect storm when Law Enforcement Professionals are not provided with the tools to deal with effects of the profession.
Please contact me if you would like me to speak about my experience. You can learn more about Stop The Threat - Stop The Stigma at: http://www.stopthethreatstopthestigma.org
Let's work together to Stop The Threat - Stop The Stigma. Please share this (e-mail) with others. Thank you.
Adam A. Meyers
13034 30th Avenue
Lake Hallie, Wisconsin 54729
Call/Text: (715) 869-3361
Rochelle Melander is a writing coach and teaching artist. She is the founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop for young people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she teaches at libraries, local schools, and museums.
Rochelle's new book, Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing (Beaming Books; July 27, 2021), is a middle grade social justice book pairing life changing writing exercises with the stories of a diverse group of people who changed lives and communities throughout history. The book features people from a variety of disciplines who used their words to educate people about the stars, advocate for women’s rights, end slavery, save the environment, protest injustice, and more. Sidebars explore types of writing, fun facts, and further resources.
Library directors: if you would like to review the eARC to take a look at this book, please contact Rochelle for a link.
She’s also written 11 books for adults, including two books to help people write: Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) and Level Up: Quests to Master Mindset, Overcome Procrastination and Increase Productivity.
Rochelle is also available for author visits.
For nearly three decades Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking Vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland's castles, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal.
Chad has been featured on the Discovery Channel's A Haunting, William Shatner's Weird or What, ABC's World's Scariest Places, Monsters and Mysteries in America, along with being a frequent contributor to Ripley's Believe it or Not Radio. With a Master's Degree in Psychology, Chad has authored over 25 books on the supernatural and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings. The more the bizarre the legend is, the more likely you will find Chad there!
**Virtual Openings for Fall & Winter**
"Due to the rise in Delta and winter driving conditions, many libraries have been asking for virtual options for their Fall & Winter programming.
With this, in addition to my in-person programs I have converted all my presentations to include a virtual option through Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, Blue Jeans, etc...... or even a pre-recorded version as well.
Many libraries are even taping the live video to make it accessible through their websites for those who couldn't attend the live broadcast and a pre-recorded option is available as well.
I have included all the info for you below---just let me know what you pick.
It is great to know that even in these strange times people still crave storytelling.
Keep an eye out,
The following information comes from Wisconsin author Kevin Revolinski's newsletter, The Mad Traveler.
From the publisher:
We are excited to share with you that Figure Eight (2019, Little Creek Press) tied for first place in the Mystery/Thriller category of the Midwest Book Awards announced on Saturday!
The second Northern Lakes Mystery, Spider Lake, was released in January. If your library doesn't yet have it, or if you need additional copies, both Figure Eight (2019) and Spider Lake (2020) are available through Baker and Taylor or Ingram. You may also order directly from us or the publisher, Little Creek Press.
We have seen many libraries hold virtual events this year. If you are interested in holding a book talk with Jeff, please let us know. Or, if you have recommendations for organizations, podcasts, blogs, or other media outlets we could contact to share these books more widely, drop us an email!
We truly appreciate your support over these past 18 months and the role you have played in the success of these Northern Lakes Mysteries. We hope to bring you book 3 soon!
7/1/2020 Update: Wisconsin Author Jeff Nania's Figure Eight Mystery takes Gold in Midwest Book Awards
A note from Jeff & Victoria Nania:
We are reaching out because your library currently carries "Figure Eight: A Northern Lakes Mystery" by Wisconsin author Jeff Nania. We are excited to let you know that Spider Lake, the next book in the series (Northern Lakes Mystery Series) will be here soon! Please let us know if you would like us to ship you copies as soon as we receive them so you can have them by the release on December 3.
This last year has been an amazing journey learning about book publishing and distribution. Thank you for being a partner with us. We truly appreciate working directly with libraries to get these books into your patrons' hands. This winter, we will be developing audio formats for both books and hope to include Overdrive's services so that your patrons can listen to this series.
We are scheduling events now for winter and spring. Let us know if you'd like to get something on the calendar to share Figure Eight and Spider Lake with your patrons.
Jeff & Victoria Nania
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Figure Eight: A Northern Lakes Mystery (ISBN-10: 1942586558) was published in January 2019 by Little Creek Press in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It's a perfect pick for patrons who read authors like C. J. Box, William Kent Krueger, Victoria Houston, Nick Petrie, Patricia Skalka, and John Sandford, or readers who just love plot twists and a fast-paced story! (See reviews.) It is a book with high regional interest. The second book in the series, Spider Lake, is expected January 2020.
Figure Eight has been featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Here are four outdoors-related books with a Wisconsin flavor to consider as holiday gifts” by Paul Smith and other media outlets. Jeff is a dynamic speaker and has spoken at dozens of events over the past eleven months and would love to support your public library with an author presentation. He has also been interviewed on WRCO Radio and you can watch him in action at Ocooch Books.
Jeff Nania is a feature writer for Wisconsin Outdoor News and other publications. In Figure Eight, the first book in the Northern Lakes Mystery series, Nania draws upon careers in law enforcement and conservation to weave together a thrilling tale of murder and deceit, family and traditions, and second chances and make readers wonder who is on the right side of the law in the Northwoods. Read more.
Figure Eight is available through both Ingram and Follet/Baker Taylor.
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