Murray shares ‘Island Schoolhouse’

Dec 05, 2012
Eva Murray

Rockland — Author Eva Murray will read from and sign her new book, “Island Schoolhouse,” Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

On six remote, windblown Maine islands, the children are still educated in one-room schools. After two mainland one-room schools closed in 2009, these islands maintain the last taxpayer-funded public one-room elementary schools in the state. They are among the most technologically savvy schools in the state and offer a culturally rich educational experience. Their teachers collaborate on curriculum, use Critical Friends Group techniques for problem solving, run inter-island book groups via Tandberg and much more.

Murray moved to Matinicus in 1987 to teach in the one-room school, married and raised a family on the island and has served on the school board and volunteered in the school. She raveled from island to island in Maine, visited two schools in the Moosehead Lake area just before they were closed and corresponded with one-room-school teachers in Alaska, Colorado, Montana and North Dakota, collecting the stories that tell how these small communities promise their handful of children a modern education within the context of a specialized and sometimes isolated lifestyle.

Admission is free. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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