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Shiela Martina Keaise was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina. She is the product of South Carolina Universities receiving a Bachelor of Science from Claflin University, a Masters of Science from South Carolina State University, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Ms. Shiela has worked as Children’s Librarian for more than 20 years at the Colleton County Memorial Library. She enjoys singing, acting, and writing, which she incorporates on a regular basis. Ms. Shiela is known around the state as the Singing Storyteller. Shiela Martina is the pen name (and preferred name) for the Hannah and Dexter series. However, she has written 11 children’s books and 1 adult book. Miss Shiela’s thought provoking children’s book shows the effects of working together, promoting literacy, encouraging respect of individual differences, and accepting one another’s opinions. You may visit her online at shielamartina.com.
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Some things about Ms.Shiela(2007 vs 2017)

Content 2007 2017
OCCUPATION: Children's librarian at Colleton County Memorial Library (CCML) CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN and AUTHOR AT CCML
CHURCH: St. Stephen Church of God, Walterboro SAME
SC Picture Book Awards: Chairwoman of Colleton County First Steps and a member of the South Carolina Book Award Committee Chairwoman of Colleton County First Steps and a member of the South Carolina Book Award Committee + SC book club
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Church song leader, Sunday school teacher and certified Department of Social Services trainer for child-care providers, day-care owners and teachers CHURCH PRAISE LEADER, SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER and SECRETARY, CERTIFIED SC TRAINER, BOOK REVIEWER
EDUCATION: Walterboro High School in 1988, bachelor's degree in business from Claflin University in 1992, master's degree in science in agribusiness from South Carolina State University and master's in library and information science from the University of South Carolina in 1998 High School Diploma, BS, MS, MLIS, Motheread/Teacheread Certified
FIRST JOB: Baby sitter BABYSITTER OF 4 BOYS
DREAM VACATION: Cruise to the Bahamas CRUISE TO THE BAHAMAS
HOBBIES: Writing, singing and acting SAME
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I like horseback riding I COLLECT BARBIE DOLLS
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Red Lobster SAME
HOW I KEEP IN SHAPE: Going to church SAME
LAST BOOK I READ: "The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights" "CAPERS MIDDLE" BY ALVIN ALLEN
FAVORITE MOVIE: "Something to Sing About" "WAR ROOM"
ONE THING I MUST HAVE IN MY REFRIGERATOR AT ALL TIMES: Fruit SAME
FOND CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Singing my first solo in a church choir SAME
FAVORITE COLOR: All colors SAME
PEOPLE I ADMIRE THE MOST: My mother, Jennie Oliver Keaise, and my aunt, Elflorence Oliver MY AUNTS ELFLORENCE and FREDDIE MAE OLIVER
MOST RECENT BRUSH WITH CELEBRITY: I met Johnnie Cochran and his wife in 1995 I MET HILL HARPER AND DR. SAMPSON DAVIS
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: The accomplishments I've made were not my own. Everything I've accomplished was with the help of my family BEING OBEDIENT TO GOOD ADVICE
LEAST FAVORITE HOUSEHOLD CHORE: Cutting the grass SAME
TIME OF MY LIFE I'D LIKE TO RELIVE: My college years SAME
SOMETHING I'VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS: Change the things I can, accept the things I can't BE WHAT YOU ARE AND LIVE THE LIFE, GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART
FIRST CAR: Pontiac LeMans SAME
SOMETHING MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME: Use common sense SAME
THINGS THAT BRIGHTEN MY DAY: To see children smile when they enter the children's library SAME
SOMETHING I'D LIKE TO LEARN: Sign language KNITTING
SOMETHING I COLLECT: Postcards BARBIES
SOMEONE FAMOUS I'D LIKE TO MEET: Blair Underwood BISHOP MARVIN WINANS

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