We began working together in 2004 and after a decade of laughing, learning and reading in a public library (but hardly any shushing), we're taking our favorite stories and the puppets that bring them to life on the road to schools, libraries and child care centers.


Two Old Crows are proud members of:

American Library Association

Association for Library Service to Children

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Puppeteers of America

Southern Early Childhood Association

Melody has always believed that the gift of reading belongs to every child. She grew up frequenting the library with her family and now her own children wonder if the stacks of books around the house are due to library over-exposure. Reading aloud to her preschool, Head Start, kindergarten, and first grade students was her favorite teaching tool, so when, after many years in the classroom, she transformed into a Children's Librarian and began having conversations with puppets, no one thought twice about it... except those concerned that throughout her six years as a Library Director, she continued to refer all complaints to Norton the Turtle and Miss Edie the Squirrel. Melody holds an M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction/Early Childhood Education (teacher certification: K-3rd grade) and an M.S. in Library Media Education (teacher certification: PreK-12).

Jan spent her childhood summers waiting for the bookmobile to arrive. She grew up to earn an M.A. in Sociology, and spent the early part of her career doing research in the areas of education and health care. She continued to read and write every chance she got, and as the children in her life grew up, she sought more avenues to share her love of books and stories. Jan's experience includes story times and a book delivery service as part of a grant-supported partnership between Head Start and a small rural library system, setting up the Carolinas BookPals program for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, and supervising programs for children and young adults at an active suburban library where she could help books and readers find each other every day.