About Carolyn the Librarian/Writer

Hi.

I am a freelance Librarian and Educational Writer; especially of Internet text curriculum aids; magazine articles about nature for people-in-general; poems about nature and other subjects (including thoughts on the philosophy of Christianity); writings for children (a middle-grade novel) (poems) (ready for publication, or in progress).

see also my FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/Carolyn-M-Johnson-376747276067306

Some of my publications:

USING INTERNET PRIMARY SOURCES TO TEACH CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN THE SCIENCES (published by ABC-CLIO) for secondary and beginning college students is one of my published curriculum aids.

DISCOVERING ENGLISH LITERATURE IN BITS AND BYTES: AN INTERNET APPROACH… v.1 British Literature – Beginnings has been published by Rohman-Littlefield. Additional chapters for more volumes in British and American Literature are in the editing stage (some ready for  a publisher to consider). These chapters for this series of books is especially for teachers teaching secondary school students and beginning college students; but with some chapters of interest to middle grade students. One volume of chapters at t he top of the editing list is “Classic English Literature for Young Readers” (with chapters ranging from Alice in Wonderland to  an Introduction to Harry Potter, and beyond).

DISCOVERING NATURE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SELECTION GUIDE (book published by Greenwood Press)

I am also a writer of poems (e.g., quips based on children’s sayings), novels, and nonfiction (e.g., biography) for children and young teens.  I have published with Highlights’ PUZZLEMANIA. I have some manuscripts ready for publishers.

Poems I have written have been published and won awards. My poems have been published in MODERN HAIKU, DRAGONFLY, FROGPOND, plus WHITE SPIRE (a newsletter of a local Presbyterian church), and GEN (“Graduate English Newsletter” of St. John’s University of Queens NY).

A poem I wrote won first prize Space-Age category in a NEW YORK POETRY FORUM competition.

A short story I wrote for an official STAR TREK Anthology contest achieved second reading status.

I write articles for newsletters and magazines as well. “Nature Place Journal” and “Festival Newsletter for Teachers of English and Shakespeare” are two publications in which my articles are published.

I have written articles and book reviews for magazines including NEW LIBRARY SCENE, LIBRARY JOURNAL, CHRISTIAN LIBRARIAN, ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER, THE BOOKTALKER, WILSON LIBRARY BULLETIN, and more.

I have also written abstracts (i.e., analysis/reviews) of literary magazine articles, and these have been published in ABSTRACTS OF ENGLISH STUDIES.

Carolyn M Johnson at WriterLibr@aol.com

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For more about Carolyn M Johnson and her writings, see links to her Web pages below.

Scroll down also to near the bottom for some quotes that inspire Carolyn…

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NOW – A BIO ASIDE – SOME INSIGHTS INTO THE DEVELOPMENT AND WORKINGS OF THE WRITING LIFE OF CAROLYN M JOHNSON:

Visits to her local neighborhood library across the street from her house, the library where she first experienced discoveries of books that ‘urged’ her to read them: the beginnings, the seeds nurtured, for her young and grown up life. Especially influencing her were her discoveries and readings of books were “The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” “Little Women,” “I Remember Mama,” “The Secret Garden,” “National Velvet,” some Lois Lenski historical fiction / biographical stories such as “Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison,” plus some Lassie story books (such as Dorothea Snow’s “Lassie and the Secret of Summer” and “Lassie and the Mystery At Blackberry Bog“) and some Nancy Drew mysteries (such as “The Clue in the Diary“), along with Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Meanwhile an idea started floating about her mind while growing up, while reading, and writing literary scribblings, then going to college and library school. Now and then she wrote poems and puzzles, including a now ongoing collection of poetic quips said by children she knows. Then she started some stories. She veered off to write book reviews and bibliographies, then Internet-based curriculum aids in the sciences and English literature for secondary school educators and their students for libraries. (One volume features ‘Some Classic Literary Works for Young People’ in progress).  Meanwhile, she discovered that enticing young readers to see literature’s values means asking questions that spark curiosity and critical thinking, in ways that weave interesting things into stories. Manuscript ideas and tries started presenting themselves; ranging from a library caper, something in a forest glade, and then something that came of a happening experienced and revealed to her by a young nephew. “He planted a seed. I nurtured it. Then there came a blossom.” A manuscript now ready for publication awaits!

What’s waiting precisely: A story, based around a true event her nephew believed happened, has been woven into a unique fictional mystery with magical realism elements, with a beginning coming-of-age story, and purpose-in-life hints, plus features echoing the world in which he grew up; even with hints of today’s world. More details of this middle-grade novel, titled “On the Cusp,” can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HereThereOtherWhereandBeyond; what is woven into the story (e.g., hints of a potpourri of her nephew’s young life, the place where he lived growing up, and a place his brother visited; all combined into a literary mosaic!) 

While inspired by other nephews and nieces, and with her one-eyed feline companion eyeing her activities while tapping her shoulder so she’ll keep staying alert for possibilities, Carolyn now writes articles about people’s interactions with nature in the very area of the novel’s setting, near where she now lives, in northern New York, as well as of a special place she and family members visited: the Garden Island that is Kauai, Hawaii. She also writes some unique observations in poetic form for a Presbyterian Church’s newsletter. All the while, always aiming to polish for publication the novel dear to her and her family’s heart, and offshoots from it.

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About Carolyn M Johnson’s writings:

data on her NET-BASED learning aids at: https://www.facebook.com/Net-Based-Educational-Activity-Supplements-112558807176690,

LYN THE LIBRARIAN/WRITER – RECOMMENDED READS at https://www.facebook.com/Lyn-the-LibrarianWriter-438514053007767 (by her as author of Net-based curriculum aids in English literature for middle-grade and hs and beginning college students)

SCIENCE BITS & BYTES TO NOTE at https://www.facebook.com/Science-Bits-Bytes-123568475702278 (by her as author of Net-based curriculum aid in the sciences for middle-grade and hs and beginning college students)

HAWAII-INSPIRED AUTHOR – Lyn M Johnson (aka Kalolina in Hawaiian) (aka Carolyn M Johnson) at https://www.facebook.com/Lyn-M-Johnson-Hawaii-inspired-author-2128149127214949

Good Classic Reads Recommended for Young Readers at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2227374?shelf=classic-children-s-books

Writing Prompts Suggested by Lyn the Librarian Writer at https://carolynmjohnsonwriterlibrarian.blogspot.com/2020/07/writing-prompts-by-lyn-librarianwriter.html

Carolyn at pinterest.com

and

https://twitter.com/i/bookmarks

plus

hints on and a preview of my middle grade mystery novel “ON THE CUSP” at https://www.facebook.com/HereThereOtherWhereandBeyond (with hints of a novel she long dreamt of writing when growing up)

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  1. WHAT I DO

    INTERNET TEXTBOOK AUTHOR
    AOL WRITERS’ GATHERING WORKSHOP HOST

    PUBLISHED WRITINGS

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    EDUCATIONAL WRITING
    DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE: AN INTERNET APPROACH (in progress)

    USING INTERNET PRIMARY SOURCES TO TEACH CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN THE SCIENCES

    DISCOVERING NATURE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SELECTION GUIDE

    CREATIVE WRITING
    articles for NATURE PLACE JOURNAL

    WRITINGS FOR CHILDREN, STUDENTS, AND FAMILIES
    “What’s In Your Local Library?” a puzzle in Highlights’ “Puzzlemania”
    “Shakespeare and STAR TREK” in newsletter for the Teaching of English
    “Step Into History and Touch the Future at the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, NY” in Queens NY Parents Paper

    IN-PROGRESS WRITINGS
    NOVELS FOR MIDDLE GRADE READERS
    A BIOGRAPHY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
    BEGINNING READERS
    POEMS BY AND FOR CHILDREN
    RELIGIOUS POEMS (especially Christian)
    HAIKU
    MEDITATIVE POETRY

    OTHER WRITINGS in manuscript
    a STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES short story (advanced to second reading in an official STAR TREK short story contest)
    a STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION novel
    a STAR TREK: VOYAGER novel

    and more

  2. SOME FAVORITE QUOTATIONS

    “I cannot live without books” (Thomas Jefferson)

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    “Because that’s what Hermione does – when in doubt, go to the library” (J.K. Rowling?)

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    “Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost)

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    “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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    “As you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called real life, I want to extoll the crucial importance of imagination.” (J.K. Rowling)

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    “Look at the world through metaphor…” from “5 Tips On Writing A Poem” by Jane Yolan (see poem titled here at http://janeyolen.com/poetry)

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    “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” (Albert Einstein)

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    “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” (Margaret Mead)

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