Special Outdoor Story Time & Author Event

One Turtle's Last Straw cover

Scarborough author Elisa Boxer will read aloud her soon-to-be-published picture book, One Turtle's Last Straw: The Real-Life Story that Sparked a Sea Change, illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns, outside the Library on Saturday, May 14 at 1:30pm. Children ranging in age from three years to twelve years and their families are invited to attend this special Outdoor Story Time & Author Event.

"I'm thrilled that my very first in-person event for One Turtle’s Last Straw will be at my hometown library! I used to bring my son to the Scarborough Public Library for Story Time. He's nineteen now and was the first person to read the first draft of this book, while it was still a document on my computer. We can't wait to share it with everyone!"

As with the Library’s other Outdoor Story Times, please bring something to sit on. Ms. Boxer will answer questions and sign books after the reading. Print: A Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of the newly released picture book, Boxer's third, arriving in libraries and bookstores on May 10!

Free and open to the public, this special Outdoor Story Time & Author Event will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, May 21 at 1:30pm, in the event of precipitation or temperatures below 45 degrees. Please visit events/special-outdoor-story-time-author-event for updates!

Elisa Boxer is a Maine-based, Emmy-winning journalist and columnist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Inc. magazine, and Fast Company. She has reported for newspapers, magazines and TV stations, and has a passion for telling stories about people finding the courage to create change. Her first picture book, The Voice That Won the Vote, released in 2020 to coincide with the suffrage centennial. Her second book, A Seat at the Table: The Nancy Pelosi Story, features an interview with the House Speaker herself. Elisa has several more inspirational nonfiction picture books on the way with Sleeping Bear Press, Crown/Penguin Random House, and Abrams. To learn more about her, please go to: http://elisaboxer.com.
One Turtle's Last Straw: The Real-Life Rescue That Sparked a Sea Change is being published as of May 10, 2022, from Crown Books for Young Readers. It is the inspiring true story of how one small turtle and kids all over the country sparked an environmental movement. Based on the viral video that created awareness of the harm caused by plastic straws, this heart-wrenching story is a perfect tool for teaching children about sustainability.

Slurp! A boy finishes his drink and tosses it in the trash, straw and all. He moves on without another thought....
In the waters off of Costa Rica, scientists spot an endangered sea turtle and pull him aboard to study him. But he has something stuck in his nose. A barnacle? A stick? No...it's a plastic straw!
This heroic story of one turtle's rescue reminds us that even the smallest straw can hurt our ocean life—and that the smallest demand for change can grow into something big! 

This is the Library’s first event for children and families in its new #Sustainable Scarborough series. For additional information call 883-4723 option 5 or email Lucy Norvell, Coordinator of Programming and Communications at ljnorvell [at] scarboroughlibrary.org.



Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 1:30pm