Wish you thought the way your gifted child does? Want a better understanding of the minds and experiences of gifted children? Come step into their shoes for a bit…


Stephanie Tolan’s 1997 classic, Welcome to the Ark, focuses on four children who are profoundly gifted and who develop an extraordinary bond with one another, and then explores the meaning of those connections and how it might impact the rest of the world. The book requires the reader to think about issues of difference, isolation, and innate intelligence. It helps us to consider what it means to be a gifted child in a society that seldom appreciates who they truly are.


We invite you to read Welcome to the Ark and then join us for a moderated online conversation about what the book tells us about our own children, their world, and how we might make it a more inviting place for them. The book is available in bookstores and online.

About the Moderator: Laura Citino is an English Instructor for Western Michigan University's Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP). She received her bachelor's in English and German from WMU in 2010 and her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University in 2013. She also writes, edits, and makes books, and her work has appeared in numerous journals in print and online. She currently lives in Kalamazoo, MI.


This virtual presentation is FREE and open to the public, but you must pre-register at the form to the left.

Monday, April 26, 2021

7 p.m.

Register to receive a link to the virtual presentation on Monday, April 26
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