Buzz from Librarians

“Your programs inspire kids and adults alike to explore and enjoy the enormous potential lurking inside the realm of the imagination… I honestly can’t recall the last time I’ve seen so many happy faces.” – Pat T., Children’s Librarian, Marysville Library

“Rick Hartman tells stories with a twist, a toy twist! – moving, spinning, silly, grinning toys jump with life! Rick’s imaginative knowledge of toys and toy-making and his joy in sharing the technique, inventiveness and pure fun of it all make kids clamor for more.” – Yung-Chin Wu, Children’s Librarian, Bothell Regional Library

“Rick Hartman – storyteller extraordinaire – mesmerizes and stimulates his audience simultaneously. How? Rick comes powered with energy and enthusiasm. He enjoys the self-assigned task of informing while performing. He brings science and history together as he guides his audience through history astride a magic carpet full of toys!” -Sandy Zell, Programmer, Bellingham Public Library

“Thank you for bringing the magic of toys and stories to our library. Your marvelous toys and engaging connection with our patrons made me want to sing and dance!” -Alisa McKay, Children’s Laison, Snohomish Library

“You have a gift for educating while entertaining all ages at the same time. Your creative energy is definitely contagious and inspiring.” -Maureen Zimdars, Children’s Librarian, Granite Falls Library

“You did an excellent job combining your toymaking skills with literary aspects to create an ideal library program. Wonderful work!” -Sara Doyle, Children’s Librarian, Fall City Library

“Thanks Rick for a wonderful program here at Newport. Everyone had a wonderful time and I think some even started to invent their own toys! It was a pleasure talking to you and I look forward to more of your library programs.” -Linda Ernst, Children’s Librarian, Newport Way Library

“What a great, creative program! Thanks so much! We’d love to have you again sometime!” -Carol Fick, Children’s Librarian, Woodinville Library