Author, songwriter Stuart Stotts brings laughter, smiles to Tomahawk Library

By Sarah Greil

Tomahawk Leader Reporter

With the heat of summer in full swing, a morning in the cool of the library is a welcome respite from otherwise sweltering outdoor activities. On Wednesday, July 10, dozens of children and their caregivers from the Tomahawk area gathered at the Tomahawk Public Library to listen to the songs and stories of Stuart Stotts. Stuart has visited Tomahawk on several occasions to be a part of the Summer Library Reading Program and has returned once again to share some old and new songs and stories.

Stuart is an author, storyteller, educator, and songwriter who has been traveling the world since 1984, performing for children’s groups and presenting for educational events. According to his website,, Stuart “always emphasizes the importance of story, relationship, brain-based research, and on-going learning in striving for improvement and success.”

Even before Annette Miller, the children’s librarian, introduced Stuart, he was already entertaining the early comers by opening the floor up to anyone who had a joke to share. While some shared old classics, others seemed to make them up on the spot and still managed to bring out the silliness of the group.

Accompanied by his steel guitar, Stuart’s songs and stories all encouraged group participation. During his story dialogue, Stuart invited volunteers to come to the front to make the animal noises needed for the story come alive. Whether they were pantomiming their journey in a fire truck, suggesting animals that may have snuck into the library or getting their doctor-recommended eight hugs a day, there was abundant laughter and smiles in an otherwise quiet building.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 24), the Tomahawk Public Library 2019 Kids’ Summer Library Program will feature an “Outdoor Celebration! Drop in and make a galaxy t-shirt, draw out-of-this world sidewalk chalk art, enjoy space-themed treats and more!”

For more information, Contact Annette Miller at the library at [email protected].

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