Join Cathy Rachlin and Mary Ellen Manock for a story time and activities featuring their book Friends Lost and Found.
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a story of friendship and loyalty as two good friends - one a spot on the ceiling and one a spot on the floor - get covered with paint and carpet and lose touch with one another. Even so, they hold on to the memory of their friendship and, over the years, as the paint slowly peels and the carpet frays, they are thrilled to find each other again. Their friendship is renewed. Their hope and patience are rewarded.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cathy Rachlin has enjoyed writing all her life but this is her first children’s book. It resulted from telling and retelling this story to her daughter and grandchildren; all remembered it fondly and encouraged her to write it down. She enjoyed collaborating with Mary Ellen Manock, “as I believe our shared vision resulted in a sweet, inspiring story, beautifully illustrated.” Cathy’s earlier published writing included an article in Perspectives in Foreign Language Teaching, Vol XI, an academic journal on teaching foreign languages and literature, and several articles in Vermont publications on environmental issues. Her professional career was in state court administration, most recently as Director of Judicial Education. After getting a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Linguistics at Saint Michael’s College, Cathy taught English to Second Language Learners at Saint Michael’s and the University of Vermont. She serves as a volunteer guardian-ad-litem in Vermont Juvenile Court and on the Board of the Women of UVM. In the summer, she vigorously paddles dragon boats with Dragonheart Vermont.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Mary Ellen is a visual person who is inspired by natural light effect, high contrast, and natural shape. A camera/mobile phone is always close at hand for recording fleeting sights every day. Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in her daily view, and Mt. Mansfield or Camel’s Hump on the horizon, delight her sensibilities. Mary Ellen holds a BA in Biology with a minor in Art. Being scientifically skilled she worked for several years as a Laboratory Technician in Radiobiology and Neurobiology at the Stanford University Medical School. Later she worked in science and math classes at Burlington High School assisting students with learning disabilities. As a child she learned to paint in oil (Arthur Maynard, Ridgewood, NJ) and later in watercolor (Gertrude Brown, Bar Harbor, ME). Many classes and workshops followed. Mary Ellen has continued to paint and craft things in clay, fiber, and metal. In the last 30 years Mary Ellen has participated in Burlington City Arts, Arts Alive (board), Studio Place Arts, Mary Bryant Gallery, and Northern Vermont Artist Association. Her recent artwork focuses on trees and mountains in her travels or on the Vermont landscape while on foot, on skis, or in a kayak. Currently, in addition to painting, she works at Burlington City Arts Studios creating fine metal jewelry stemming from classes taken at UVM with the late Laurie Peters.
ADMISSION: All ages are welcome to this free event.