"Tell me and I will forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand."

Benjamin Franklin


Animated Collectible Cards

To provide an incentive for children to continue reporting throughout the summer, a series of animated collectible cards was created. The program was implemented by 11 other branches. They continue to be used as a giveaway during library visits and other opportunities to promote the library.

Red Reveal Secret Message

My second incentive initiative for the summer was based on the opticle principle that is used for secret decoders. There were two elements, a weekly challenge poster and riddle handouts. This was again shared with 11 other branches.

Library Legerdemain

Like many young boys, I developed a great love of magic and would perform for family and friends. Many years later, while enrolled in the MLIS program, my interest in magic was renewed. As I began to read more widely, it became apparent that there was an opportunity to create magic specifically for libraries to promote literacy and library resources. Following a year that involved writing, photographing, designing and producing the book, Library Legerdemain was complete.

Lillian H. Smith

Lillian H. Smith's forty years of service with the Toronto Public Library resulted in pioneering work developing a model of children's services. In the fall of 2008, an independent study was completed under the supervision of Dr. Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie. First, a comprehensive bibliography of writings by and about Lillian H. Smith was compiled from existing resources and original research. Second, a web site was created to highlight Smith's career using material from a variety of sources.


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A Summer Reading Club banner I built to serve as a focal point for registration and reporting. Programming and events were posted on both columns.

The castle entrance I built for my second Summer Reading Club. The windows open to allow for registration and reporting. The list of events was available on a scroll. The top reads Adventure Awaits You Here.

A view of two Halloween-themed exhibits that were added to the children's section. In the foreground, a gate that reads Library for Beastly Boys and Ghouslish Girls. In the background, window silhouettes made of bristol board and tissue paper.

A view of a Christmas-themed exhibit that was added to the children's section. The gingerbread people are made of styrofoam and coated in cinnamon. The candy canes are painted pipe covered with peppermint oil.

I enjoy wearing all kinds of costumes. My usual work attire wasn't appropriate for storytime. I had vests custom-made that are reversible and matching bow ties to wear that feature puzzle pieces, stars, crayons and robots.

The children's section was lacking enough tables. Commercial products were too expensive so I built three tables out of MDF for approximately $400. This also allowed me to customize them with patterned legs and feet.

Due to the popularity of fake food, I built a restaurant to encourage more interactive play. Although it was expected to be popular, what has been most surprising is the interaction between parents and children. Typically parents sit and watch their children play. This gets them involved.

To promote free comic book day, I built a Bat signal that was positioned at the entrance of the children's area. Its prominent location generated a lot of attention and comments.

A composite photo I created for the newpspaper to promote family literacy day.

Large crayons I built using donated supplies purchased from the Habitat Restore.

To promote a superhero party, I posed with my homemade Thor hammer and digitally added a lightning effect.

A large expanse of wall was empty and a collection of gears made from foam insulation was added for decoration. The Summer Reading Club theme was Wild. A librarian at another branch informed me of the wrapping paper that was used to cover the gears.

A hexagonal display of optical illusions that I built to promote science literacy week. This format allowed several people to try a different illusion at the same time.

Christmas outreach storytime at a local daycare.

A Superman stand I built to promote Free Comic Book Day at the library.

An activity table I offered at a family literacy day event.

A Harry Potter party I organized to celebrate the publication of the latest book.

My booktopus sculpture. Made using polymer clay with a wire armature. Bakes hard in an oven then painted.

Newspaper Coverage

Researched and wrote a history of the Aylmer Old Town Hall documenting the building's renovation and participated in a launch event recognizing the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Aylmer Public Library.

Designed a touch-screen new book display to celebrate Ontario Public Library Week. This was a concept for replacing the library's static display with something that would provide more information. Titles appeared on the screen and when touched a new page would appear with additional information.

As part of festivities recognizing the publication of Peter Rabbit, I appeared dressed in a large rabbit costume and performed parts of the story which was read aloud to children.

Appeared in a promotional article for the library's book buddies program.

Conceived a Harry Potter day activity that digitally photographed participants and inserted them into a scene from the movie.

In 1983, at the age of 11, I was one of the winners of an essay writing contest with the prize being lunch with children's author Gordon Korman who was only 19 at the time.

Audio and Video

I'm A Children's Librarian

A musical puppet show about acclaimed Canadian children's librarian Lillian H. Smith was conceived to bring awareness to her career. Two promotional songs were written and produced with the assistance of composer Adrian Ellis and singer J.M. Frey. This first song is about Smith's inspiration to build a library for children in Toronto.

Dewey Just Won't Do

A second promotional song about Lillian H. Smith described her attempt to create a method of cataloging books. She was dissatisfied with the Dewey decimal system.

Book Rap - Laura Secord

Filmed on location in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Book Rap - Frindle

Based on the novel by Andrew Clements.

Peter Rabbit

My appearance as Peter Rabbit at an anniversary celebration.

March Break Radio Ad

I have experience doing voice work and volunteered to write and record a radio spot to promote March Break programming. The station chose the background music and sound effects.


From homeschool participant Sophia.

From daycare outreach.

From homeschool family the Walls.

A young girl that visited the library all 5 days of March Break.

From a summer day camp that visited.

A drawing a child gave me after a visit.

A Christmas card from Owen and Blake, two regular participants in the Family Fun Time preschool group.