Authors on the Grand: Local Author Fair

Saturday, April 23rd from 11 am – 3 pm
at the DeWitt District Library
in the main library and the Woodruff annex

Meet local authors; attend readings and signings. Find a great new read and support local. Free and fun for all ages!

Schedule for Chapter Readings:

11:00 – 11:20 – Randy D Pearson
11:30 – 11:50 – Darliss Batchelor
12:00 – 12:20 – David Hayes
12:30 – 12:50 – Joanna Morey
1:00 – 1:20 – Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson
1:30 – 1:50 – Kristin Monda
2:00 – 2:20 – Linda Bradley
2:30 – 2:50 – Bryce David Salazar

Meet the Authors:

51IexrkTGrL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Darliss Batchelor was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Computer Science. After working for several years as a Computer Programmer/Analyst, a family decision was made that she would leave her career to become a full-time stay-at-home wife and mother. God had another plan. He called Darliss to write.

Darliss founded Word in Due Season Publishing in 2010 and published her first novel, “Secrets,” in the same year. She is a member of the Detroit Chapter of the American Christian Writers and the Aspiring Writers Association of America. A wife, mother and grandmother, Darliss is actively working toward the commission to write inspirational fiction to both evangelize and entertain.

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LB_MaggiesWay_400x600 (1) (1)Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments that make readers connect with her characters. Maggie’s Way is her debut novel, in her Montana Bound Series. Maggie’s Fork in the Road, Montana Bound Series: Book 2 will be released June 30, 2016 and  Maggie’s Montana, Montana Bound Series: Book 3 will be released September 28, 2016.

Linda has an Associates Degree in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts with undergraduate work in Elementary Education and Fine Arts. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled, The Hunter for her Master’s Degree. Linda is a member of RWA, as well as the Greater Detroit Chapter of RWA.

Linda was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, but now resides in Royal Oak, Michigan with two grown sons,  husband, and rescue dog.

You can follow her on Twitter @LBradleyAuthor, Facebook and


Author headshot_small_GrunowRealizing River City book coverMelissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City: A Memoir
(Tumbleweed Books, 2016). An award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Yemassee, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Limestone, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who regularly competes in NPR’s Moth StorySLAM and is a Metro Detroit 2016 Listen to Your Mother cast member. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from National University and an MA in English from New Mexico State University.

Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at @melgrunow.


MontanaWild1800The summer after high school graduation, Roni worked two jobs to pay for nursing school. During the midnight shift as a waitress, a charismatic young man at the counter flirted with her for hours as he consumed seven cups of coffee.  Their first date was eventful enough to be a book itself! Thirty-seven years and two kids later, the love story continues. Just like her novels, life can’t be too simple and you must make it an adventurous ride!

Her favorite place to write is in her hammock at their small Michigan cottage where she literally dodges the feeding hummingbirds while being serenaded by the lake’s loons.  Besides writing, she loves Slow Rollin’ in Detroit and the combination of good food, better wine, and dear friends.

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WLK Final CoverDavid C. Hayes is an author, performer and filmmaker. His films, like A Man Called Nereus, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Dark PlacesThe Frankenstein Syndrome, Vampeggedon, Machined, Reborn, Back Woods (and approximately 60 more) can be seen worldwide. He is the author of several novels, collections and graphic novels including The Midnight Creature Feature Picture Show, Cherub, Cannibal Fat Camp, Pegged, American Guignol, Scorn and Muddled Mind: The Complete Works of Ed Wood, Jr.  As a playwright, David’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced from coast to coast with a run Off-Broadway for the comedy Swamp Ho and sell-out performances in Phoenix for Dial P for Peanuts. He is a voting member of The Horror Writers Association, The Dramatist’s Guild and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

Visit him online at


Colleen_Maui_BlueDeco eBook Cover.jpgColleen Nye started writing as a teen. Through school days, she won awards for her poetry and short stories including a Sarah Endres Award for Young Writers. As an adult, she now has short stories in Writing at the Ledges’ second and third anthologies, Seasons of Life and Voices from the Ledges, as well as various publications.

In 2012, she published the first book in The Unattainable Series: When in Maui, her first solo novel and a romantic comedy. In 2015, When in Maui moved to Blue Deco Publishing. Book two, When in Doubt, was released February 2016. Her second novel, Immersion, a dystopian tech thriller, was published in 2015 as well.

January 2016, the first book in an anthology series that’s truly unique, designed by Colleen, was released. The series is named The Lunch Time Anthologies. They are full length novels with a variety of authors writing pieces that are embedded into the over-arching storyline written by Colleen. The first book is Gable Heights, and it is a crime drama. The series is signed with Blue Deco Publishing as well and has received high praise for it’s unique outline. Watch for more of these to come!

Coming in 2016, she is expected to release several projects including a coming of age drama called The Long Summer, a sci-fi romance series called The Chimera Saga as well as co-leading and appearing in each of the 5 book anthology release called The Debut Collective.

Colleen also writes press releases for newspapers, magazines and online blogs, web sites and more. Oh, and she is the proud owner of Blue Deco Publishing.

Follow and Contact Colleen at:
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Twitter – @Colleen_Nye
Instagram – Authorcolleennye
Goodreads – Colleen Nye
Amazon – Colleen Nye


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Tell Me a Story - front cover only - Final.jpgRandy D Pearson, a DeWitt High School graduate from the class of 1985, has been displaying his creativity for as long as he can remember. Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.

When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing stories, winning several writing contests in the process. His writing kicked into high gear in 2007 when he became a member of Writing at the Ledges. This Grand Ledge, Michigan based writing group helped him to turn his interesting ideas into well-crafted works of fiction.

Since then, Randy’s writing has been featured in several publications, including the Washington Square Review, Pets Across America: Volume 3, Small Towns: A Map in Words, Seasons of Life, Voices from the Ledges, Fiction 440: Volume 1, and Retrocade Magazine. His debut novel, Driving Crazy, was published nationally in 2015. It received rave reviews, both locally and internationally. His short story collection, Tell Me a Story, will be released April 23.

Visit Randy online:



IMG_0053.JPGIngar Rudholm was born and raised in Whitehall. His mother owned Homestead Art Gallery on Mears right across the street from the Howmet Playhouse. His father built and remodeled homes in the Muskegon County area. As a child, Ingar’s mother enrolled him in art classes. Thanks to his mother’s art gallery, Ingar met several local painters and attended local art fairs from Traverse City to Rockford.

When Ingar isn’t writing and illustrating books, he’s an engineer for Industrial Assemblies in Fruitport, Michigan, which manufacture’s store fixtures and displays for retail chains.”

Genre: Fantasy/Coming of Age, for 10-14 year olds.


10887590_1514005338881323_3891053748619620901_o41JXoAmg4QL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Rod Sadler is a 30-year police veteran who spent over ten years researching a gruesome 1897 murder that occurred in the small town where he spent his childhood. Using original court documents, handwritten eyewitness statements, and newspaper accounts, he has crafted an intriguing detailed time-line of the murder and the five days that followed.


BookCoverImage.jpg516A66p2ZFL._UX250_Bryce David Salazar is the author of She Sees Metaphors and the forthcoming Tales of Timeless Springs. A Michigan native, he can be found roaming about the capital city with Chinese takeout and energy drinks. He has a thing for cats and telling cute stories about his girlfriend that will make you sick.

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Profile-Image81d7240d9c80229b59e2c1d8244e82efElsie Michigan is my hometown, well, more accurately, my village.  It boasts one of the largest herds of milk cows in the world, and on a good day the wind is blowing south.

When I was only 16 God called me to be a stay-at-home-Mom. It has not always been easy, but I have obeyed that call. The call of God on my life has included teaching (both children and adults). Teaching others to love and serve the Lord is my passion. I have taught at least two generations of Sunday school kids.  I was a Sunday School Teacher for more than thirty years and a Children’s Pastor for over ten years. I have lived what I dreamed and loved every minute of my life!

There are many ways to serve God, and we serve God as a Foster Family as well. We have had the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with 28 foster children.

I serve the Lord with my writing as well. I write because I am compelled to put down on paper the inspiration that He gives. It is fun and crazy how He keeps ideas swirling around in my head! I have written Church Dramas, Children’s Stories, Song lyrics, Children’s Church Curriculum, and Church Policy Manuals.  I only write Christian material, and have made a firm decision to keep it that way.  All of my work contains scripture references because His words will always be more effective than mine.  My heart’s desire is to encourage other believers, and to introduce everyone I can to my friend Jesus.



51Z4i6kbnjL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)Jeff  grew up in White Cloud, Michigan.  He has 2 children. A boy and girl both in college.  Jeff enjoys golf and writing about real life.  He has created a series of children’s books called Lillie, a character who is based on his own mother.  Lillie is a thoughtful little girl who loves animals.



lawsblue2Ky’la Sims is the teen author of a children’s book called, Duck’s First Day of School and the young adult novel titled, Laws of Passion. In addition, Sims runs her own blog called KMJ Book Reveals where she talks about all things in pop culture including issues surrounding the publishing world today. Also, Sims debuted her EP for her hit single ‘What About Now?’ in early February. Ky’la Sims goes by filename-1the pseudonym Author KMJ and is currently working on her next book to add to her children’s series while debuting another new series focused on books for YouTube called KMJ Reveals. Join Author KMJ (Ky’la Sims) as she continues on her writing destiny! KMJ is always seeking to inspire and motivate youth to follow their dreams just like she has.

Contact KMJ at:
Twitter: @AuthorKMJ
Instagram: authorkmj
YouTube: Kyla Sims
Facebook: KMJ (Author)


B1YQRLNNWNS._UX250_When I was 12 my life changed forever in one night. I knew I was going to have to grow up keeping a secret. That being I could hear and see things that other people couldn’t. I didn’t go in search of the dead, but it seems the dead have come in search of me.
In my book I talk about the growth of my gift. As time went on, what I thought was a single event, became more. This first event, a seriously creepy thing in my closet was now footsteps on the basement stairs. Over the next few months I was seeing hall way doors closing on there own, faces behind me in the reflection of mirrors, witnessing full body shadow people and more…


Smiling Again Cover0001.jpgSally Stap is a writer living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She began writing after brain surgery and a long, ongoing recovery brought her Information Technology career to a halt. Struggling with head pain, facial paralysis, and single-sided deafness, she turned to writing to capture her life-changing experience. In addition to authoring her memoir Smiling Again: Coming Back to Life and Faith After Brain Surgery (2014), she was a contributing author to Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology (2013), The Transformation Project (2013) and Faithwriter’s Trials and Triumphs (2014).

Sally has also become an artist who paints with melted beeswax (encaustic).  When not writing, painting, or taking pictures, she is a mother of two grown daughters and a grandmother to two grandsons.  Her dog named Maxwell also likes to be mentioned for his hours of patience between walks.

She blogs at and


smileWCBFrontCoverJudith Wade lives and writes in Eagle, Michigan.  She enjoys creating middle grades chapter books, especially stories with a little bit of fantasy–mermaids, ghosts and whatever else her imagination uncovers!  She loves oldies rock music, stained glass, playing in her garden, snuggling with her dogs, horseback riding and, of course, writing, and the next fun project is always just around the corner. She also loves nature, and is often at her most creative when she is taking her ex-racehorse out for an amble through the woods.  

Write to Judith Wade at
Twitter: @jwadewrites
Instagram: @author_loraine_hudson



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Top Ten Ways to Use DDL on Vacation or Staycation during Spring Break

Spring Break is almost here! Whether you’re planning to travel with your family , or stay home and “staycation” your DeWitt District Library (DDL) card gives you access to great resources that will most certainly enhance your Spring Break activities. Here is our top ten list of ways to enjoy DDL at home or on the go…all for FREE!maxresdefault

#10. Check out music from DDL. With over 550 albums in our collection, you won’t have to listen to the same song over and over, unless you want to!

#9.  Read digital magazines from Flipster.  Use any one of your mobile devices to take the latest issues of our most popular magazines with you in the car, on the plane, at the beach, or on your back deck!

#8.  Borrow some movies.  Need a little quiet time in the car? Check out a few kids’ DVDs that you can’t recite by heart…yet.  Need a stay-cation movie night? Pop the popcorn and enjoy one or more new DVD releases.  With over 4,500 movies in our collection…there’s a movie for you.

#7. Listen to engaging Audiobooks. We have more than 2,500! Download and listen to MP3 audiobooks from our Digital Library, or come checkout our collection of audiobooks on CD!  Audiobooks provide hours of entertainment and with selections in children’s, teen and adult, you’re sure to find a story that everyone will love.

#6. Make Teen Fandom Crafts. Drop your teens (6th grade and up) off at the library to to create fandom swag and discuss with other teens the stuff they geek the most.

#5. Go on a Library Scavenger Hunt. Work together with your family on Tuesday, April 5th to find the answers to our Library Super-User Scavenger Hunt and win cool library swag from our treasure chest!

#4. Play Life-sized Candyland with the whole family. Visit the library on Wednesday, April 6th between 11 am and 3 pm to step into a life-sized version of this much loved children’s game where you and your family become the game pieces.8b621ed2d4778f4e5e2c834187a738c0

#3. Zoom through Tape Town.  Children ages 2 – 8 years old and their caregivers are invited to bring their Hotwheels and other Matchbox cars and trucks to the Woodruff Annex for a day of driving fun.  On Thursday, April 7th from 10:30 am to 1 pm the entire floor space of the annex room with be taped up with roads and designed to look like a miniature city.

#2. Learn a new language! Prep for that overseas vacation you’re planning for next year or just impress your co-workers and classmates by learning a new language with Pronunciator our online language learning program.

#1. Read a book (or two, or three). Whether you’re riding in a car, plane, relaxing on a beach, or snuggled up at home…reading is a great activity. Check out books at the library, or download or stream them to your e-reader device.

Early Literacy Just Got Easier

Here at DDL it’s safe to say that we are strong proponents of early childhood literacy.  Research has repeatedly early-literacy-activitiesshown us just how important consistent and meaningful interactions between parents and children are in the development of literacy skills.  We also know that the sooner these interactions occur the more prepared children are for reading success as they begin school.

So, in between work, dinner, chores, running errands, bath time and bed time what can parents do to help foster daily meaningful literacy interactions with their children?…Step one: don’t stress!

Pamela High, MD, professor of pediatrics at Brown University tells WebMD, “My perspective is that whatever parents do teach children [before kindergarten], they need to make it playful and fun. You don’t want children to turn off to [learning] because it’s too difficult for them.” She adds that “social and emotional skills are just as important [as reading prowess] for school success.”  The WebMD article, written by Jen Uscher, goes on to provide a wonderful list of ideas for how parents can work informal learning experiences into their daily routines.

It comes 7days7waysas no surprise to us that the activities suggested by WebMD include the seven early literacy principles that we promote at the DeWitt District Library in our Very Ready Reading 7 Days, 7 Ways infant story time program.  Each week, parents who attend our Baby Time program are able to spend 30 minutes interacting with their children through shared books, sounds, words, rhymes, songs, stories and playtime.  These seven principles remind parents that it’s about more than just learning to read, stimulating early literacy is also about language, learning and fun!

Here are a few more quick, fun, and easy ideas that you can try this week with your child.

SHARE SOUNDS Emphasize and exaggerate the syllables in the names of foods you and your child are eating.  For example, say “banana” slowly, exaggerating each syllable: ba-na-nah.  Encourage your child to repeat the word after you.  Don’t worry about sounding silly, that’s part of the fun.

SHARE WORDS When you are running errands in the car or at the store share the names of all the different things you are seeing.  If you are at the grocery store, share the names of all the different fruits and veggies you see including the unusual ones.

SHARE RHYMES Recite rhymes that you remember from your childhood or that you may have learned at a recent story time.  It doesn’t matter if you remember or recite the exact same words.  It can be fun to improvise, using anything your baby shows interest in as your subject.

SHARE SONGS Make up songs by using familiar tunes while doing everyday activities such as getting dressed.  Make up motions or dance with your child as you are singing.  The car is a great place to do some singing!

SHARE STORIES Make up a silly story about one of your child’s favorite toys ortell your child about a story from when you were a child.

SHARE PLAYTIME Get down on the floor with your child and act like different animals.  Play peekaboo and other hide and seek time of games.  Make musical instruments out of everyday objects you find around the house like a spoon and a box.

SHARE BOOKS If your child shows interest in books, go for it!  Even if your child only seems interested in the pictures or turning the pages.


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DeWitt District Library offers families 3 different story time options:

Baby Time for infants 6 months to 24 months and their caregivers

Book & Boogie for toddles 2 yrs – 4 yrs and their caregivers

Family Story Time for children 3 yrs + and their families

Our next story time sessions will kick off with our Everybody Reads party during the week of September 7th.

More information and our events calendar will be available next month from our website:




Tips to Help Your Teen Become a Better Babysitter

SitterPhoto3With babysitting jobs readily available within extended families, around the neighborhood, or among family friends these flexible work hours are often the first type of employment a teenager will experience.  Plus, with a wage base that has risen almost nine times faster than inflation it’s really not a bad way to earn some extra spending money.  However, since many families are willing to pay a premium for an experienced, trained sitter this line of work has become more competitive, attracting both college students and adults looking for part-time work.  So how can you help your teen to get a leg-up on the competition and get their summer babysitting job off to a successful start?

It’s important for a teen that is interested in childcare to understand the responsibilities of a babysitting job before answering any requests. Here are a few tips to prepare your teen for this potentially demanding task.

Help your teen find information and resources.  There are tons of books and Youtube videos with valuable information regarding childcare.  Bring your teen to the library and encourage her or him to select a few resources that will provide useful tips and get your teen thinking about what exactly a babysitting job would entail.  Take time to discuss the main points and work together to find answers to questions that arise while researching the job responsibilities.  Help your teen to review the pros and cons of the work, this can help to determine whether or not this job will be a good fit in a teens already busy schedule.

Register your teen for a babysitting workshop.  The library regularly offers classes that are helpful in training both tweens and teens about the basic aspects of childcare, like first aid, CPR, child management,  home security and communication. Plus our workshops offer a completion certificate that many parents will find useful and perhaps even impressive, giving your prospective babysitter an edge over teens that have not taken the course!  See below for information on our next workshop.

Consider first-aid and CPR certification.  The Red Cross offers further first aid and emergency medical training, such as how to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, support a broken limb, or attempt CPR. In addition, your teen should know how to manage minor injuries like bee stings, splinters, scrapes, and bumps. It is a good idea to periodically review possible medical emergency scenarios, just to ensure that your teen can apply what’s learned.

Help your teen prepare a list of questions.  It’s recommended to know the family that your teen is planning to work with and to plan a visit ahead of time to find out the type of people they are, the home they keep, and their children’s behavior. Prepare your teen to ask a lot of questions such as:

–How can I reach you with a question or if there is an emergency?
–What type of discipline should I use if the kids won’t listen to me?
–Do they have special medical conditions, require monitoring for health issues, or need medication?
–Are they allowed to have neighbor kids over or go to other kids’ homes for play?
–What are they allowed to eat, and what shouldn’t be eaten?
–Which meals and/or snacks can they have?
–What is their bedtime and bedtime routine?
–Who should I call if I am unable to reach you?
–What is the fire escape plan, and do the kids know it?
–What should we do in case of threatening weather?
–What if a stranger calls or comes to the door?
–When will you be home?
–What is your rate of pay?
You should consider going with your teen to this first meeting to discuss concerns, issues, and questions, as well as get an impression about whether the environment is safe and the overall experience beneficial for your child.
 Be available for support.    Whether your teen is watching kids around your neighborhood or begins expanding out and taking work farther away, make sure your teen has a safe way to get to and from the babysitting job.  You may even want to consider offering to drive your child the first few times.  This will provide an opportunity to talk with your teen about how things are going and to remind her or him that you are just a phone call or short drive away should you be needed for support.
You can help to build your teen’s confidence about her abilities as a babysitter by taking an active roll to make sure your child is prepared for the tasks to come and by turning the focus of discussions to the positive experiences that occur within the job.  Teens who really take to babysitting and find enjoyment in the job responsibilities may be interested to know about possible nanny and au pair jobs as they get older or even as a part-time job while in college.

Babysitting Workshop

The library will host another Babysitting Workshop on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.  Attendees, age 12 and up, will learn emergency procedures, discipline techniques, diapering, age appropriate activities, pediatric CPR, rescue breathing, the Heimlich maneuver, and basic first aid skills needed while babysitting.

Registration is available online at or by calling the library at 517-669-3156.  Participants will need to bring a sack lunch and, if desired, an afternoon snack.  A class fee of $30 is required. Signup must be completed 48 hours prior to program date.

Got Coupons?

Attention coupon shoppers: the Dewitt District Library is having a coupon swap Thursday evening, May 21st from 6 to 7:45.

People are encouraged to bring coupons they won’t use to the library’s meeting room and offer them for others to take. In turn, attendees can pick up any they might find useful themselves.   Both coupons from manufacturers and stores are welcomed, as well as unwanted items from coupon books.

The coupon swap, a recent addition to the library program calendar, is a regularly scheduled program that meets the third Thursday of each month and is organized by local couponer Emily Hakes.   The swap not only provides an opportunity for individuals to exchange coupons but Emily also provides participants with tips on how to get started, staying organized and for finding the best deals.

If you are unable to attend the coupon swap event, you may still participate in the ongoing coupon exchange by dropping off your unwanted clipped coupons in the box in the library lobby.  To participate, clip or print those Sunday coupons and bring in the ones you don’t need.  Leave your extras in the coupon box and take the ones you will be able to use on your next shopping trip.

Newly expired coupons can also be of help.  Through a special program, expired coupons can be used by military families overseas. The Dewitt District Library has adopted the US Navy base in Otsego, Japan.   The expired coupons are mailed to the Navy Base where they are made available to military families at the Family Service Center.