Balkin Buddies is sponsoring a raffle of a number of online chats with authors and artists and invite schools and libraries to participate.

All you need is a computer with a camera (many computers come embedded with this now), a microphone and speakers (also built in to most computers), and an account with iChat or Skype. Directions for how to get set up on iChat and Skype can be found at

To be eligible for the raffle, you must:

(a) have an audience of at least 10 or more students (school children or university students studying to be teachers or librarians). Please note that for larger audiences, you would need an activboard or some other means to enlarge the chat onto a larger screen;

(b) send the following information to [email protected] or [email protected] by no later than February 15, 2010:

– your name
– your school or library affiliation
– your email
– your telephone number
– the grade levels which you serve.

Winners will be picked from a hat within a day or two after that and will be notified within a week.

Several winners will be chosen and may pick the author of their choice. However, an author will not serve as a prize more than once, and each author will go to whoever contacts us first. So if you are named a winner and are anxious to have one author over another, you would have to contact us as soon as possible upon notification of being a winner. This information will be repeated should you be named a winner.

Balkin Buddies’ authors & artists participating in the raffle are: Ann Angel, Jennifer Armstrong, Tom Birdseye, Vicki Cobb, Dorothy Donohue, Paul Fleisher, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Jake Halpern, Gerald and Loretta Hausman, Patricia Hermes, Alison Jackson, Frané Lessac, Elizabeth Levy, Robert Lipsyte, Emily Arnold McCully, Wendell Minor, Carol Nevius, Lesléa Newman, Matt Novak, Darcy Pattison, Joanne Rocklin, Dave Ross, Elaine Scott, Kim Siegelson, Dashka Slater, Edward T. Sullivan, Arthur Yorinks, Lara M. Zeises, and Lizabeth Zindel.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Catherine Balkin

Balkin Buddies

Brooklyn, NY

Tel 718 857 7605

[email protected]

Written by : thunderchikin

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