My Services and Fees


Memory Care

To a group I read short stories that are sure to spark a memory and will make for a great conversation. After each reading I hand out a word search to be completed independently. I bring a treat, usually a candy that goes along with the month's theme.


Hospice and Post-Hospital Rehabilitation Facilities

What a welcome it is to have me sit with people and help them escape for a short while into a story and a different place and time. Together we will go to a place they have never been or re-live a captivating event, bringing companionship, laughter and joy. 15-20 minutes per day per person would be just enough time to brighten their day. This time period allows me to see several people per hour or I can spend one hour with one person.


Assisted Living, Independent Living and Retirement Communities


Short Stories: Short stories can spark a memory and make for great conversation and bonding between fellow residents which will be followed by a word search to be completed independently. Each month there is a different theme. I bring a treat, usually a cand that goes along with the theme.


Short Stories in Character: This is identical to short stories except that I am dressed in character. Each session I will bring a treat that will go along with the stories. For example: The Gold Rush-chocolate coins, Chistmas-cookies and Little Red Riding Hood-fairy sticks. Every month there is a different theme, the difference with this is that I dress appropraitely for each theme. 

Interactive Play ReadingEach resident will have a part which will be followed by viewing the movie version of the play, if available, where they can see their character come alive on the screen, along with a word search to be completed independently. If they choose not to participate, they can sit, watch and enjoy. Some of my favorites are the classics such as: Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. 


Poetry ReadingPerformed by myself or members of the group, should they wish to participate. At the end, I hand out a word search to be completed independently.


Book Groups: Monthly book groups with the book being read independently and discussed once per month. If the book has been made into a movie, we can watch and discuss the correlation between the two for a great debate. I have multiple copies of great selections. A list is posted on the bottom of this page.


BookmobileI will bring 6 milk crates full of paperbacks, hardcover and large print books. Specific items can be ordered if available upon request. I will set up on-site with a one-hour window. I will gladly accept the book back upon my next visit.


General Public Services


In-Home Elder Care Relief/CompanionshipIt gives me great pleasure working as an in-home elder care relief person, keeping someone company and taking them on a great adventure while their care-giver has their own adventure outside the home doing what they need or want to do. We will read books, plays, poetry or short stories. If you prefer to hear the newspaper or the bible, we can do that too. Your material idea, our time, let's escape together!

Independent Book Club: Do you want to start a book club in your community, but don't know how to go about it? Hire me to be your guide.

In groups, or one on one, we will read items recommended by the group members or by you. The top best seller lists are always a great source for what is new and exciting. If the choice has been made into a movie, we can watch it together afterwards. You can also pick from my personal library. Many of the books in my collection I have multiple copies of. I am open to anything. If I haven't read it before, not a problem! We will experience the adventure together. I have read The Glass Castle three times, and I could read it another twenty. See a list of suggested books with multiple copies below.


Costumed Readings: Birthday parties, social events, ect. Any age group. I read short stories in character. Each reading I will bring a treat that will go along with the stories. For example: The Gold Rush-chocolate coins, Chistmas-cookies and Little Red Riding Hood-fairy sticks. Every month there is a different theme, the difference with this is that I dress appropraitely for each theme. 


Interactive Play Reading: Each resident will have a part which will be followed by viewing the movie version of the play, if available, where they can see their character come alive on the screen, along with a word search to be completed independently. If they choose not to participate, they can sit, watch and enjoy. Some of my favorites are the classics such as: Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. 

Poetry Reading: Performed by myself or members of the group, should they wish to participate. At the end, I hand out a word search to be completed independently.

Book Groups:Monthly book groups with the book being read independently and discussed once per month. If the book has been made into a movie, we can watch and discuss the correlation between the two for a great debate. I have multiple copies of great selections. A list is posted on the bottom of this page.


FEES

The base fee for in-home elder care relief/companionship is $25.00 per hour.


The base fee for assisted living, hospice, nursing homes and retirement communities is $75.00 per hour, regardless of the amount of people in attendance. Character readings are $125.00. Book groups, play readings are $75.00 per hour. Special circumstance may apply.


The fee for the bookmobile is $125.00 per one hour. Books are free. No charge for set-up and tear down.


Independent book clubs are $5.00 per person for those attending the discussion meeting. Meetings are once per month. You may ask why charge a fee? How many times have you joined a book group and you or other members have not shown up for the meeting? Prepaying $5.00 will ensure your commitment to the fellow members of your group. If you receive the book from me, the fee for the first meeting will be $7.00. At the next meeting I will credit you $2.00 for the return of the book and each subsequent meeting will be $5.00. Check out My Personal Library for a list of book suggestons. Nothing is off limits.


Book Club Books (Multiple Copies)


Blake, Sarah                          The Postmistress

Buffett, Jimmy                     A Salty Piece of Land

​Flynn, Vince                          Separation of Power

​Flynn, Vince                          The Survivor

George, Alex                          A Good American

George, Elizabeth                With No One As Witness

​Glass, Julia                            Three Junes

Gruen, Sara                           Water for Elephants

Kidd, Sue Monk                   The Secret Life of Bees

Knoll, Jessica                        Luckiest Girl Alive

Koontz, Dean                        The Darkest Evening of the Year

Kostova, Elizabeth              The Historian

Lamb, Wally                          I Know This Much is True

Larson, Erik                          Dead Wake

Moriarty, Laura                   While I'm Falling

Ondaatje, Michael               Divisadero

Patchett, Ann                        Bel Canto

Robinson, Marilynne          Gilead

Sittenfeld, Curtis                 American Wife

Smith, Zadie                         On Beauty

Stein, Garth                           The Art of Racing in the Rain

Walls, Jeannette                  The Glass Castle

Whyte, Jack                          Knights of the Black and White

Young, Wm. Paul                The Shack

Zafib, Ruiz Carlos               The Shadow of the Wind


From Page to Screen-Suggestions for a Great Book vs Movie Discussion

13 Hours, Michael Zuckoff
A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers
A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness
Allegiant, Veronica Roth
American Pastoral, Philip Roth
American Sniper, Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice
Brain on Fire, Susannah Cahalan
Brooklyn, Colm Toíbin
Carrie, Stephen King
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
Christine, Stephen King
Concussion, Jeanne Marie Laskas
Cujo, Stephen King
Death of A Salesman, Arthur Miller
Downton Abbey, Julian Fellows
Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
Hoot, Carl Hiaasen
I am Number Four, Pittacus Lore
Inferno, Dan Brown
Insomnia, Stephen King
It’s A Wonderful Life, Tom Sharkey
It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini
Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Looking for Alaska, John Green (2017)
Me Before You, Mojo Moyes
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Mike Strangle and Dave Strangle
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
Nerve, Jeanne Ryan (9/16)
Night of the Iguana, Tennessee Williams
Nights in Rodanthe, Nicholas Sparks
Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
Room, Emma Donoghue
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares
Stephen King’s 11/22/63, Stephen King
Still Alice, Lisa Genova
Strangers on a Bridge, James Donovan and Jason Matthews
Sweet Bird of Youth, Tennessee Williams
The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
The Big Short, Michael Lewis
The Bridge, Karen Kingsbury
The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller
The Choice, Nicholas Sparks
The Circle, Dave Eggers
The Elfstones of Shannara, Terry Brooks
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (10/16)
The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams
The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
The Green Mile, Stephen King
The Lady in the Van, Alan Bennett
The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (9/16)
The Lost City of Z, David Grann
The Lucky One, Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
The November Criminals, Sam Munson
The Queen of Katwe, Tim Crothers
The Revenant, Michael Punke
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, Jonathan Evison
The Road to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick
The Young Messiah, Anne Rice
The Zookeepers Wife, Diane Ackerman
Thinner, Stephen King
True Grit, Charles Portis
Trumbo, Bruce Cook
Wolf Hall, Hillary Mantel


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