Local History and Genealogy
Programs and Events
What Do I Read Next?
Support Your Library!
|Kids ~ Bruce
**Click here for
excerpts from Bruce's Tricycle Wash Story Time book!**
The Springvale Library is delighted to
host the Bruce McMillan Corner in the Children's Room of the
library. Katahdin Award winning author and illustrator Bruce
McMillan has been a library supporter for more than thirty years
he has lived in Shapleigh, Maine. Springvale Library became his
library, and he became our author from the time when he was a
struggling writer until today, when he is an internationally known
author of more than forty-five highly honored children's books.
generously donated nine of his original hand tinted photographs from
Grandfather's Trolley to hang on permanent display in the Children's
Room. Come in and visit, borrow one of Bruce's fine books and
enjoy the trolley pictures.
Thank you Bruce!
Born in Massachusetts, Bruce McMillan
was raised in Bangor and Kennebunk, Maine. He graduated
from the University of Maine and worked as producer-director in
public broadcasting and then as a caretaker of McGee Island off Port
Clyde Maine. While
island-living, he polished his writing skills. He has
since combined writing and photography to create more than forty five
children's books including Nights of
the Pufflings, The Baby Zoo, Fire Engine Shapes, Wild Flamingos, My
Horse of the North, and Salmon
Summer. McMillan speaks at conferences and to school
children throughout North America, and teaches a children's book class
at the University of New Hampshire.
He has written more children's books set in Iceland than any other U.S.
author and, when he isn't in Iceland working on another book, he lives
in a home he built himself in Shapleigh, Maine.
Bruce McMillan credits his father with his early interest in
photography. His father gave him his first camera at the age of
five and his first professional camera at the age of nine.
McMillan learned photography by "doing." Even as a child,
McMillan tried taking creative photos - "one of a burning candle from
above!" In high school, he took photos for his school newspaper
and yearbook. McMillan claims he takes many "bad" pictures, but
the key to his success is shooting thousands of photos, if necessary,
in order to get the few "perfect photographs" that he uses to
illustrate his books. McMillan also takes great pride in
designing his own books which often include playful borders like the
colorful jelly beans in Jelly Beans
For Sal. "Parts of me are in all my books," claims
McMillan. Some of his books reflect his training in biology, some
of his love of the sea, and all derive from his "Maine roots." In
2007, he was awarded the Katahdin Award in recognition of the lifetime
achievement of an outstanding body of work of children's literature in
Maine by one author or illustrator.
Information paraphrased from:
A Celebration of
Maine's Children's Books
1998 by Lynn Plourde and Paul Knowles
On July 2, 2012, Bruce
McMillan held a
special Tricycle Wash Story Time at the Springvale Library. He
created a one-of-a-kind book about the event and donated it to the
Library. The book can
be found in its entirety in the children's room. The following
text and pictures are excerpts from Bruce's book. Thank you Bruce!
Excerpts from the
Tricycle Wash Story
Time with Bruce at the Springvale Library
July 2, 2012
Text by Bruce McMillan with photos by Sheila Dube, Dawn Brown, and
The lilies were blooming ready.
The parking lot was too.
Sheila greeted ninety-two young readers and parents too.
"Is everybody here? Hmm, is the remarkable riderless runaway
tricycle here? YES!"
So the story began.
Everyone, including the tricycle, was enthralled.
"Instead of landing with a splash, it landed with
"Crash!" Once it was pulled up onto the dock, the story rolled on to a
happy ending. And then onto part two, the tricycle movie
For part three, we went upstairs and outside to the tricycle parking
It was time to wash the tricycles, even the remarkable one.
It was splashing fun for everyone, no matter your age.
you couldn't get a free tricycle book unless you washed the
Amy Bennett Albert came all the way from Dayton with her children.
Amy brought the book she'd been in twenty-three years ago, Everything
Grows, holding her beagle puppy for Bruce, a nice surprise to
holding the book.
Pat McDougal came down to say hello, another nice surprise. Her
orchard was where I photographed Apples, How They Grow
Everywhere you looked, there was fun, fun, fun.
The wonderfully wet runaway tricycle was a happy clean tricycle.
How was the day? A good time was had by all.
Retired S.P.L Children's Librarian Joanne Vermette (left), Bruce
McMillan (center), and Sheila Dube (right), the current S.P.L.
Children's Librarian celebrate a great day at the library.