During the pandemic, Greg is taking part (from home) in an activity with communities for older adults and organizations that serve seniors around the nation. Scroll down for the background & details -- & fun photos that the groups have sent while doing the activity.
"The Silhouette Man is a timeless tribute to two of society's greatest sources of wisdom -- the books we read & the grandparents who guide us." - Angela Bouque, Branch Manager, Gail Borden Public Library
"The Milkshake Man... underscores the importance of the roles of mentors and mentees in society - yesterday, today and always. This book proves children's stories are not just for children. They are for the child in all of us who still longs to change their world for the better." - Eric Wooding, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Brentwood at LaPorte
PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC: Over the years, the books have been used extensively with seniors all over North America.
DURING-THE-PANDEMIC BOOK CLUB:
You order copies of The Silhouette Man ($15) or The Milkshake Man ($12) through the link on the bottom of this page for the seniors you support to enjoy as a "Common Read". So, with the pandemic in mind, it gives the seniors a chance to be part of a "group activity" -- without having to gather as a group to do it.
VIRTUAL Q&A: After the seniors at a given location read the books, Greg and that organization arrange a Zoom Q&A exclusively for those seniors -- giving them a chance to enjoy a "visit" with the author while still respecting pandemic guidelines (since Greg is not entering the building in person).
If the seniors don't have access to Zoom, an easy alternative has been arranged: The seniors provide questions for the author to a designated staff member at the organization, who then emails the questions to us...
Communities for older adults & organizations that support seniors all over the nation are taking part in this activity - including groups in Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah, Alaska...
Depending on where they are located in the country, some of the groups who have done this activity are able to gather seniors in small groups. In some of those cases -- in addition to doing the Virtual Q&A with the Author, they have also had their own internal Book Club discussion after reading the books.
The Silhouette Man has an optional companion workbook (A Place To Sit). The Milkshake Man also has an optional companion workbook (One Lunch). That has led to another way for the groups to expand on the activity -- above and beyond the Virtual Q&A with the Author. Some of the participating groups have also gotten the workbooks when they order the books -- giving residents the chance to answer questions & do (non-physical) activities after they read the books.