Girl catches her first fish!

Maggie Kemp has captured a moment in every child’s life that is a turning point. A moment of decision, determination and belief in oneself. Sam is each of us and all who will be. Sam teaches us not to fear the consequences but to find the treasure within the moment that defines who we truly are. Thank you Sam! Thank you Maggie for the inspiration!
My grand-daughter asks me to read this story over and over again. She is the young girl in the picture offered by Maggie on her web site announcement of this special book.
A read for every child and the moment for each of us that was the turning point in our lives.
I can remember when I said, “I caught a fish!”.

                                                           – William V. Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA

Photos from recent events

Children’s author to visit local libraries

OAKLAND — The Accident, Grantsville and Oakland libraries will host Maggie Kemp, author of children’s book “Sam, Fisherwoman: The Reel Story,” for readings and book signings the first week of July.

The events are scheduled as follows: Accident Library, 1-2 p.m. July 2; Grantsville Library, 4:30-5:30 p.m. July 2; Oakland Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 5.

Copies of Kemp’s book will be available for purchase. For those attendees registered for Summer Reading Club, this event will count as a program that can be recorded in the Reading Log.

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A fish tale at the Fiske Free Library

CLAREMONT – A first-time children’s book author and a first-time children’s book illustrator – Maggie Kemp and Melody Zahn Russell – teamed up to produce “Sam Fisherwoman – The Reel Story,” which will be presented Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Fiske Free Library in Claremont. 

Although Kemp and Russell have known each other for 20 years, the project took that long to take shape. 

“I started over 20 years ago,” said Kemp, “but I was raising children. I was distracted by a lot of things. Melody taught my children art classes; her son and my daughter were in kindergarten together.” 

Kemp lives on Long Pond in Lempster, where she kayaks frequently. She’s an avid nature-watcher whose love of the outdoors began in childhood. 


Picture Book Launch Event – June 3

Join Author Maggie Kemp and Illustrator Melody Zahn Russell at this premiere event to celebrate the new picture book, Sam Fisherwoman: The Reel Story!

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Miner Memorial Library in Lempster, NH

Event address: 3 2nd NH Turnpike, East Lempster, NH 03605

Phone: (603) 863-0051