(A printable list link of references follows, Thank you all for allowing me to share my passion of fossils and nature
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Hello everyone! Here you will find a few references from librarians, teachers, principals and scout
leaders! We are so happy with all the letters I have received, I just had
to post some! Here's a letter from a wonderful librarian who scheduled us in a
Suffield CT library! Very creative writing Wendy,
Fossil Hunter a.k.a. Walter Heinz,
Hello. I've been perusing pictures of the July 17 phenomenon that was your
program at Kent Memorial Library in Suffield and I'm feeling the need to gush.
You and your program were well worth the wait. I
have a picture of one child, so excited by your question and the chance to
participate, that he is out of his seat in order to give his raised hand a
better chance to be seen. Two very shy girls -- who I was beginning to suspect
had lost their vocal cords in a tragic, dual alien abduction experiment, kept
hush-hush by some unacknowledged faction of the government -- were motivated to
speak. Out loud. In front of people!
Of course, the subject matter is so way cool, why wouldn't they be excited? But
you yourself and your manner of presentation are very engaging and accessible.
On one level you treat the kids as peers and on another level you understand
what they need and want as children: you address them as people, regardless of
their age and yet entertain and present in a way that appeals to their stages of
development. (I'm particularly fond of the imaginary dive.)
But wait -- there's more! You let them touch the fossils! You give them the
responsibility of treating the fossils carefully. After nine years I'm certain
you've "lost" an item or two or had one broken and yet you choose to
let them handle irreplaceable pieces of history.
And you worked straight through lunch! Without even a bowl of gruel or glass of
What more can I say? You're the bee's knees.
I'm still riding high off the positive energy of that day. And
so are our patrons, as a few have mentioned being inspired to check out the
museums you referenced.
In a time of turbulence and division in our country, it was encouraging to see
the positive, cohesive energy generated by your program. Just wanted to let you
know what you left in your wake.
Kent Memorial Library
another wonderful email I received, a reference list of names and places
Date: 12/29/04 3:00:08 PM Eastern Standard Time
Your presentation yesterday excited everyone in the room. You may very well
BE "The Fossil Hunted", but now, in Clinton, you've inspired a whole lot of
kids to want to trek along with you.
Your show is generous, both in length and depth. You treat the children
with utmost respect, and each and every one responded to you with
intelligence and enthusiasm. I'm so impressed.
After the show, I checked my email. A librarian in Fairfield County was
inquiring about several programs, including yours, because this summer
archaeology will be the theme many libraries in that area will be using.
Naturally, I raved about you. Everyone on our list-serve was able to read
it, so EXPECT CALLS!
Best wishes for your continued success.
Lynn Hidek, Children's Librarian
THANK YOU LYNN!
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