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Lower Schools Virtually Welcome Author Don Tate

Lotspeich and Doherty Lower Schools were excited to virtually welcome author and illustrator Don Tate! In late April, Tate, who is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books, spent two days with Lower School students of all ages discussing his life and his work, as well as drawing in real time. “I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the room,” Tate said of his career. Tate said at a young age, he always loved to draw and was passionate about the arts. He encouraged students to follow their talents, and said each and every single person has a special talent. Tate also discussed some of his books, including “William Still and His Freedom Stories: Father of the Underground Railroad” and “Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters.” He told students how he conducted research and gathered images for reference. Then, Tate drew for students and showed how he illustrates books. In addition to speaking to students, Tate also spoke to Lower School faculty and shared books with themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Thank you to Lotspeich librarian Lori Suffield and Doherty librarian Jo Schnirring for organizing Tate’s visit!