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Women Invent! Materials


"The presentations Susan has given at the Los Angeles Public Library have been outstanding."
Billie Connor-Dominguez, Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch, Manager, Science, Technology and Patents Department

"Susan Casey presented a fun and informative "Invention Workshop" at the Palisades Branch Library. In the multi-visual, interactive session, the teens learned how teen inventions have been patented, trademarked & sold in stores, and they collectively brainstormed new inventions. They also learned about national teen inventor's contests. Susan is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and works well with teens. Her program was a true success. "
W. Henry Gambill, Young Adult Librarian, Palisades Branch,
Los Angeles Public Library

"Susan presented a program on Women's History Month based on her books and research. The event was exciting and engaging. Ms. Casey demonstrated examples of women's achievements throughout history through a slide show and concrete examples. Her presentations was entertaining and inspiring to many of our young patrons. Overall, I would recommend Ms. Casey as a presenter.
She is a pleasure to work with and we would be happy to have her present at our library again."
Mr. Dana Vinke,
Torrance Public Library


Hello, Librarians!

Can I just admit that personally and as a non-fiction writer, I love libraries and am a big fan of librarians! Iíve done research for both my books and for I-canít-even-count-how-many articles at my local libraries. Librarians have helped me so many times to learn how to research or where to find information. While writing Women Invent!, before the Internet had a lot of the information, I practically lived in the LAPL Patent Depository Library. Iím also a teacher. I like passing on information to students in the way that librarians have passed information on to me. After writing Women Invent! and Kids Inventing!, I came up with the idea of designing activity sheets for students to help them do activities and do researchóabout inventors, inventing, and creative and artistic projects related to invention. You can find the links on this page. I hope you might find them useful for your patrons. Iíll soon have a new set of activity sheets about researching and writing non-fiction. Stay tuned.

Presentations for Libraries

Library Workshops

Kids Inventing!

with a little prompting, most kids come up with great ideas for inventions. After I show them slides of kid inventors, and demonstrate and let them handle some of the kid inventions that have been made into products, we watch videos of kid inventors and kids act as though they are judges at an invention fair. Then, we brainstorm ideas and the kids come up with their own ideas for inventions. In the process, they also learn how to keep a log and read a patent . They leave with handouts about invention programs and contests they can enter and with the idea, “Hey, I can be an inventor.”

Women Invent!

America’s women inventors are a smart, spunky, intelligent bunch. I’ve assembled a slide show about them and tell their stories while showing it. I focus on different women depending on my audience but can talk about Sybilla Masters, who in 1715 was the first woman in America to claim an invention, Madam Walker, creator of hair care products and the first African-American female millionaire, Maria Telkes, inventor of the Solar heated house, Bette Graham, creator of Liquid Paper, Patsy Sherman, co-inventor of Scotchgard, Gertrude Elion, inventor of drugs to treat childhood leukemia, Elizabeth Hazen  and Rachel Brown, inventors of Nystatin, the first anti-fungal anti-biotic, Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar, the material used to make bullet-proof vests, Rose Totino, inventor of frozen pizza and many, many more. Sometimes I present their stories historically. Other times I focus on just on women inventor-entrepreneurs or on contemporary inventors.

Past Appearances:

Los Angeles Public Library Central Branch
Los Angeles Public Library Branches including Venice, Los Feliz, Malabar, Studio City and more.
Los Angeles County Public Library
Torrance Public Library
California School Librarians Conference
Palos Verdes Library



Kids Inventing!

Kids Inventing! bookcover

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ISBN #0-471-66086-8
Ages 9+, $14.95

Women Invent!

Women Invent! bookcover

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Chicago Review Press
ISBN #1-55652-317-3
Ages 9+, $14.95

More Testimonials

"As the Senior Librarian in Teen'Scape, a space just for teens at the Los Angeles Public Library-Central Library, I scheduled Susan Casey to present a program for young inventors on a couple of different occasions. Susan had a very good rapport with the teens who attended the programs. She engaged the middle & high school attendess by showing examples of unique items invented by teens. She discussed with them ideas that they might have for inventions and encouraged them to think about new products that they might like to see invented in the future. She made the interaction fun and stimulating for the students. Therefore, I recommend Susan Casey's Young Inventors program for middle and high school teens as a welcome addition to your library programming."
Virginia Loe, Principal Librarian, Los Angeles Public Central Library, Electronic Resources Manageri

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