Podium
"The museum hosted a virtual book talk with Debra upon the release of LADIES, FIRST. It was delightful to learn about these amazing women who were unique in that they occupied the position of First Lady; yet, they had this wonderful thread link weaving them together as a group. The book is well-researched, nicely written and beautifully illustrated. What a fun way to learn the history of these amazing First Ladies!" 

Bethany Sullivan, Director
James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage

Upcoming Talks

Friday, December 2, 2022
Local Author Showcase
5:30  -- 7:30 p.m. 
Middle Country Library
presentations and book signings by local authors

Monday, December 19, 2022
6:00 p.m.
virtually, hosted by
First Ladies Library and Museum
at First Ladies National Historic Site
Unraveling Yarns About the First Ladies 

Sunday, February 19, 2023 
In celebration of President's Day

2:00 -- 4:00 p.m.
Bayport-Blue Point Historical Association
Bayport-Blue Point Library
Unraveling Yarns About the First Ladies 

Thursday, March 23, 2023
In celebration of Women's History Month 

7:00 p.m.
West Islip Public Library
Unraveling Yarns About the First Ladies 

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
In celebration of Women's History Month 

7:00 p.m. (virtual)
West Babylon Public Library
Unraveling Yarns About the First Ladies 

What People Are Saying...

"I never knew much about first ladies and didn't know I even cared about them. But this presentation has truly sparked my interest. Filled with humor and casual stories of their past, I feel like an insider now and genuinely have an interest and new found respect for these fascinating women. Debra's passion and knowledge is evident from the start, and she draws you into their inner circle. It's such a well-organized and engaging talk, I even told other friends and brought them along a second time."  Patricia Hauk

"This author's multimodal presentation on first ladies' common love of needlecraft
was both engaging and enlightening. A talented artisan herself, Debra's knowledge and passion for drawing attention to this creative connection is nothing short of remarkable." ~ Jennifer Young

"Standing ovation for author Debra Scala Giokas! This is a thoroughly enjoyable book and an absolute pleasure to read! Once again the author has managed to bring to light the amazing accomplishments of some outstanding women in US history — in this case many of our nation’s exemplary former first ladies. I had the unique pleasure of meeting the author, hearing her speak at a book signing and presentation of her research. She is impressive and formidable in both her ability to research/write and present with humor, conviction and passion so as to bring to life these extraordinary women in an incredibly creative way — knitting, crocheting, quilting — sewing handcrafts. This book will inspire younger audiences as it delights older as well, making it a perfect gift for readers of any age. What an ingenious way to make the telling of history fresh, fun and fanciful!!! If I could give it 10 stars I would, we’ll done Debra, we can’t wait to see what delightful stories and intriguing history come from your pen next, keep it up!!" ~ Joseph Benty

"Debra is a talented writer who entertains and informs with engaging stories about women throughout history and their crafts. Hearing her speak is a delight. I learned a lot and was completely drawn in by the stories. Her books are beautifully written and illustrated. They make great gifts for children of all ages." ~ Nancy Stein


"Debra’s talk was both informative and entertaining. She skillfully related details from the lives and crafting habits of the First Ladies she’d studied, and made long ago history come alive." ~ Cathy Kessler

"Debra shares her passion for needlework and deep respect for our First Ladies. Very engaging and empowering talk." ~ Susan Vahjen