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In this episode of Storytime Station we feature “Jack's Christmas” by J. Paige Straley. Straley originally wrote the poem on a December night in 1977 while in college at the University of Florida.  The poem was inspired by his memories of growing up on a mountain farm in southern West Virginia.
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature “Shelby's Tea Time” by Dallas L. Dixon. Our reader for this episode is Scott Owens - owner of Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory, NC. For more information visit www.dallasldixon.com
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature “Shelby's Surprise” by Dallas L. Dixon. Our reader for this episode is Leroy Kennedy - owner of Thistle Dew Nicely Flowers & Gifts in downtown Hickory, NC. For more information visit www.dallasldixon.com
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature “Shelby's Collection Day” by Dallas L. Dixon. Our reader for this episode is Vicki Murray, executive director of Safe Harbor Rescue Mission in Hickory, NC. For more information visit www.dallasldixon.com  
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature “Shelby's Shoes” by Dallas L. Dixon. Our reader for this episode is the author herself Dallas L. Dixon. For more information visit www.dallasldixon.com  
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature “Wally the Wayward Sea Turtle” by Laura Joy Pewitt. Our reader for this episode is Tracy Hall who works with Education Matters of Catawba County. For more information visit www.wallythewaywardseaturtle.com  
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature "Slowpoke Cowpoke” by Gary Applegary. Our reader for this episode is Kim Holden who works with the Catawba County Partnership for Children. For more information visit www.catawbakids.com
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature "The Lonely Little Sea Shell". Story by Beth Carter, Illustrations by Sara Fox. Our reader for this episode is Brian Smith, a top teacher blogger for Scholastic, Inc. For more information about Brian and his book recommendations please visit his blog at www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-ideas/brian-smith
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature "The Amazingly True Story of Lulu the Snow Goat".  Story by Joe Sinclair, Illustrations by Sara Fox.  Our reader for this episode is Brian Smith, a top teacher blogger for Scholastic, Inc.  For more information about Brian and his book recommendations please visit his blog at www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-ideas/brian-smith
On this episode of Storytime Station we feature "Fang Paste" - another great story from children's book author Gary Applegary.  Sammy Sidewinder ventures out to McWiggily's store and learns the value of making a list.  For more information on the author visit www.applegary.com.  You can also "like" his page on Facebook.
On this episode of Storytime Station, Jeff Hartman, a member of Hickory Arts, visits The MESH studios to read a story entitled “Fibbety Frog”. The book is written by Gary Applegary. To learn more about the author visit www.applegary.com or friend his page on Facebook.
On this episode of Storytime Station, Kristin Dzimitrowicz, a member of the North Carolina Bluebird Society, visits The MESH studios to read a book entitled “What Bluebirds Do”.  The book is written by Pamela F. Kirby. To purchase a copy of the book go to Amazon.com.  To learn more about the North Carolina Bluebird society visit ncbluebird.org.
On this episode of Storytime Station, Chris Frye, co-founder of Footcandle Film Society and host of the Footcandle Films podcast on The MESH, joins us to read a story of a young girl and the fun-filled Saturday that she gets to spend with her father. My Day with Daddy is a story written by Michael Fulbright and illustrated by Swapan Debnath. To learn more about author Michael Fulbright and the book, visit his Facebook page. You may also purchase the book at Amazon.com.
On this episode of Storytime Station, Board Member for the March of Dimes Foothills Division, Margaret Jackson, joins us to read a tale of unlikely friendship and extravagant quests. Butterflies + Eskimos is a story written by Erika Everett Yeaman and follows the unlikely pair of Bu and Mo as they take a journey filled with excitement, friendship and family. Butterflies + Eskimos is a beautifully illustrated children’s book filled with imagination, color and a message sure to inspire even the tiniest of listeners. For more information about the March of Dimes, visit www.marchofdimes.org. To learn more about Author Erika Everett Yeaman and the book, visit her websites at www.everettyeaman.com or www.butterfliesandeskimos.com.
This month on Storytime Station we journey to France - for a dance - with some "Fancy Pants"! There is an excited young man who is in need of some pants, so follow along to see if he finds what he is looking for! You and your children will love this rhyming story -- from the bright colors to the the talented reader... Fancy Pants will have you smiling from ear to ear! Author: Gary Applegary Illustrations: Matt Pfahlert (Pfahlert Creative Labs) Learn more at the "Gary Applegary Author" page on Facebook!
This month's story, "Up I Will Grow", was written and illustrated by Eric Childers. The story is read by Mayor Rudy Wright of Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory-native Eric Childers was educated at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Wake Forest University, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. In January 2012, he will begin service as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville, North Carolina. Eric and his wife, Kristi, have two children, Jack and Katie. Rudy Wright is Mayor of the City of Hickory, in Western North Carolina. Learn more about the City of Hickory at www.hickorync.gov.
This month's story, "What If No One Likes Me?", is brought to us by author Janet Young and Illustrator Neil Dowd.   The book is read by the Rev. Susan Smith, Assistant Director of Exodus Homes in Hickory, North Carolina.  You can learn more about Exodus Homes by visiting their web site at www.exodushomes.org.
In this month's edition of "Storytime Station", Western North Carolina author Kenneth Elliott, Ph. D., reads his own book "The Butterfly Lizard". While searching for new playmates, the Butterfly Lizard realizes for the first time that he is different from others. His journey becomes a quest for understanding of himself and the differences of the playmates he finds. In the end, he realizes that our differences are what give each of us our uniqueness and makes the world a fun and amazing place. Kenneth M. Elliott has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management, and is currently the Executive Officer of Technology Services at Catawba Valley Community College. The artwork and illustrations in the book, and in this video podcast were created by Ben Precup. You can purchase a physical copy of this book through Amazon by clicking this link.
This month's Storytime Station book is "The Cat Who Acted Like a Dog", read by Tracy Hall, Executive Director of Education Matters in Catawba Valley. The author of this month's book is Laura Mims. Laura has a master’s degree in education and taught elementary school before leaving the profession to raise her family. The original story of The Cat Who Acted Like a Dog began as an assignment for one of her children’s literature classes while studying at UNC-Greensboro. She currently lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband and three children and works as a content writer for an online marketing company. Illustrations for this book are by Dan Robinette, a graphic designer in High Point, NC.
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