Media Center Events 

The Media Center has several events throughout the year, including book signings, visiting authors, and community outreach.

Media Center Open House

Save the Date: Thursday, November 30, 2018

Media Center Open House is an opportunity for parents to purchase new books while honoring their teachers during the holidays. Every book purchased will be dedicated to the teacher or staff member of your choosing, but will permanently reside in the Media Center. These books are in lieu of individual gifts since the LPA provides cash gifts to each member of the faculty and staff at the holidays. Please join us on Thursday, November 30, from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to purchase your books. All purchases are tax-deductible. 

For those who would like to contribute and are not able to attend the event, you can fill out the Absentee Order Form and submit it to Mrs. Patricia Vermillion, Lamplighter’s Media Center Coordinator. Please indicate the dollar amount you would like to spend for each faculty or staff member, and she will add a bookplate with the honoree and donor names to the books she chooses for you.

Questions? Please contact co-chairs Kelly Smoyer or Elisha Scott.

Dooley Author Series

The Dooley Author Series brings award winning authors and illustrators to campus for a special visit with Lamplighter students and faculty.

Author and illustrator Javaka Steptoe was awarded the 2017 Caldecott Award and 2017 Coretta Scott King Award for his book Radiant Child, which tells the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork introduces young readers to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean – and definitely not inside the lines – to be beautiful.  Mr. Steptoe will visit Lamplighter on November 14, 2017.  To purchase a signed copy of Radiant Child, please send in this Order Form to the Media Center by Friday, November 10, 2017.   


Previous Dooley Authors

Author Matt de la Peña was awarded the 2016 John Newbery Medal for his picture book “Last Stop on Market Street” (illustrated by Christian Robinson). The words and illustrations describe the journey of a young boy named CJ and his Nana as they ride the city bus. “And in the darkness, the rhythm of the guitar lifted CJ out of the bus, out of the busy city.”  Peña visited the Media Center on October 11, 2016.

Sergio Ruzzier, Italian picture book author and illustrator, visited Lamplighter in March, 2016.  He now lives in New York and works with past Dooley illustrators, Sophie Blackall and Brian Floca. Ruzzier began his career as an illustrator in 1986. In 1995 he moved to New York City, where he’s been creating pictures and stories for national and international magazines and book publishers. He was a recipient of the 2011 Sendak Fellowship. His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and The Society of Publication Designers. He won the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal for The Room of Wonders and for his illustrations for Why Mole Shouted.

David Macaulay, author, illustrator, and Caldecott winner, visited The Lamplighter School in October, 2015.  Macaulay has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children and adults.  “What David Macaulay draws—churches, cities, pyramids—he draws better than any other pen-and-ink illustrator in the world.” –Time Magazine.  While in Dallas, Macaulay also visited The St. Mark's School and The Greenhill School.  To learn more more about David Macaulay, visit his website here.  

Michelle Staubach Grimes, former Lamplighter parent, visited in January, 2015 and read from her new book Where is Pidge? Pidge – the middle child in a big family – is curious, helpful and fun, but sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. She’s mostly content with her book, her dog and her siblings, but one day she’s had it with not feeling special – Pidge decides to run away! Her plan goes awry and she finds herself STUCK in a very odd place. After a long day, she finds her way back into the arms of her family. There, Pidge is reminded that they love her deeply, and a day without Pidge in the Hoobler home is a disaster.

 Patricia Vermillion, award winning children’s book author, read and signed her newest book, Hound Dawg, at the Barnes and Noble book store. Cheryl Pilgrim, illustrator of Hound Dawg, also signed and drew for the event.  Vermillion also signed Hound Dawg at the Dallas Arboretum and at the 2015 Texas Book Festival in Austin. Hound Dawg is Vermillion’s second children’s book. Author and poet Liz Garton Scanlon says, “Patricia Vermillion has a highly developed sense of place – and of fun! You can’t help reading her Southern twist on The Little Red Hen with a slight twang and finishing it with a BIG GRIN.”  Patricia Vermillion read her book, Hound Dawg, to Lamplighter students in September, 2015. Her autographed book is available for purchase. For more information:



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