A 100-library drop-in tour starts somewhere near the beginning
You might think I’m crazy. The librarians might think I’m crazy. The kids might think I’m crazy. The wife … well, she’s just happy I’m getting out of the house. But I’ve set a goal to visit 100 community and school libraries by December 31.
Why on earth would I do this?! Because I was born four decades too late. Because I still value the face-to-face meeting over the social media experience. Because I like to share oxygen with the person I’m communicating with. And because I feel a debt to libraries and librarians that can’t be repaid in ones-and-zeroes.
I was a reluctant reader as a kid. I was slow and ashamed and intimidated by books. But the library was always open when I wanted to peruse the books with pictures or cool covers. Back then a multi-media experience that included putting on headphones was rare and precious. Books dominated and were still there when I learned to love them later. I’ll admit I was irritated when the librarians shushed me, but to tell the truth the library was one of the few quiet places in my world. I want to pay a little back.
I started the drop-in visits back in July on my mini-tour to Minnesota and Chicago. (I hope you’ll give me those as credit toward 100.) I went great, so I decided to keep doing it. On each drop-in visit I’m donating a copy of The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy to the library’s YA collection and asking how I can help with their reading programs. I’ve gotten such warm reception on visits so far that I’ve decided to make it for-real and set a huge goal – 100 or bust! (I hope it’s 100 instead of bust.)
The libraries I visit are chosen somewhat randomly, based on who’s between home and an event I’m traveling to. I’ll be announcing my schedule as I roll. Maybe this crazy, wandering author will drop in at your local library.
Follow my progress in photos on Facebook.
Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.
3 other great things about visiting 100 libraries:
- 100 opportunities to rekindle a librarian crush.
- Late fees so big the governor will finally have to pay attention to me.
- 100 moments of deafening silence. Ahhhh….
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