Children's author inspires Schenectady elementary students

October 11, 2017 01:26 PM

SCHENECTADY - Some elementary school kids in Schenectady learned about writing their own books from a local children's author.

Linda Marshall brought her story of the "Rainbow Weaver" to fourth graders at Hamilton Elementary. It's a story of a girl in a Mayan village who finds scores of plastic bags and a new way to use them.

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Marshall, from Selkirk, has written several books about culture, language and her family. Backed by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, she was asked to visit after the students did an author study. She has taught both early childhood and parenting education before turning to picture books.

"Even though what I'm writing is fiction, I wanted to make sure that it's accurate. So that's one of the fun things of being a writer, you get to do research and research is fun," she told the kids.

The idea is to let the kids know that stories are everywhere and that everyone can be a writer. It's just a question of listening, using your imagination and writing from your heart.

A book talk for Grades 2 and up with Marshall was set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Schenectady County Public Library downtown.


WNYT Staff

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