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
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.
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: http://www.patriciavermillion.com