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

Benjamin Franklin


Midway Games

I made a basic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beanbag toss for the 2017 Turtlefest. This proved very popular, with children lining up for hours to play. To expand this concept and reduce the need for children to wait, I built four midway style games.

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. A web site was created to highlight Smith's career using material from a variety of sources.

Branch Programming

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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.

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.

A diorama I built for the top of the train table. Made from wood, foam insulation, plaster, scenery flocking, silicone caulking and acrylic paint.

Unsatisfied with the theme offered by the TD Summer Reading Club, I chose instead to offer pirate-based programming. This included the temporary addition of a ship's wheel and Pirate Pete mascot.

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

Photograph submitted by a patron of the results of a hand casting event at a branch. Parent and child held hands then submerged them in a pail of molding material before being cast in plaster.

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 Superman stand I built to promote free comic book day at the library.

A promotional display I created for comic book day. As the library does not have a large format printer, the image was enlarged in Photoshop then individual pieces cut out in 11" X 17" sections. They were printed and reassembled.

A display created for PA Day about entomophagy - eating insects. In addition to information, participants were able to try cricket powder pudding and received a certificate recognizing them as entomophogists.

A photo submitted by a grandmother of my time spent with her grandson.

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

Community Outreach

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A photo illustration I created in Photoshop for the newpspaper to promote family literacy day.

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

Christmas storytime at an early years centre.

My midway games set up outside the library for the Turtlefest block party. For more information see the projects section.

A "Fun on the Lawn" exhibit of summer reading club materials, activities and contests at Annandale National Historic site.

A Halloween-themed exhibit I created for Government Week, a day-long event that involved Grade 5 pupils from area schools being bussed to the community centre to learn about organizations.

Demonstrating a robot for daycare children.

Interactive storytime with a daycare group.


Promotional material I have created in Photoshop.

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A Halloween poster I have continued to use every year.

An PA Day poster for the month of October with Halloween-themed activities.

A PA Day program featuring optical illusions, challenges and brain teasers.

A PA Day event offering balloon-powered vehicles.

A promotional image that was created to advertise the upcoming Summer Reading Club.

Curious George cupcake toppers used during a summer event.

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.


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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.

A thank you card from a public school after participating in their kindergarten prep event.

A thank you note from a child at the end of the summer.