The Long and the Short of Library Trips

A trek all the way across Virginia … plus a little “backyard gardening”
Put 8 more libraries on the board. A nice week in Virginia and Tennessee.

Put 8 more libraries on the board. A nice week in Virginia and Tennessee.

The 100-Library Tour got a boost this past week on the road to Williamsburg, VA for a school library conference. En route, I had a nice visit with Jenna at the Pulaski, VA library and she sent me over to the middle school to meet with her form teacher – now librarian – Bob, who told me about his reading programs then insisted I visit Rita at Dublin Middle School one town over.

Later in the day I met David at the Salem Public Library. He accepted The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy for his collection and jumped online, ordering Book II: The Delphi Deception on the spot! He has a lot of great teen reading programs going and asked if I’m interested in returning to do an author visit. My answer: “Heck, yeah!” See you again soon for a group event, Salem!

How many school librarians did I meet at the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference in Williamsburg? It’s blurry … somewhere over fifty, I’d say. Sat in on some fascinating presentations by librarians who are doing great things to reach their kids and get them engaged in books. Got home Saturday night and caught up on sleep.

Today, I had a little “backyard gardening” to catch up on, visiting the high school and middle school less than a mile away from home. My travels take me far and wide, so I have to remind myself to visit my local schools and libraries between trips. Today was a great day for it. Now our local schools have The League of Delphi and I hope to do some reading and writing programs with them soon.

I can’t say enough how grateful I am for the warmth and generosity of each librarian I visit. In my day, libraries were a place to sit down and shut up. Nothing wrong with a little silence once in a while – I’m a fan. These days, though, I see librarians trying to create an active and engaging environment for their teens, less focused on the old rules, more interested in the content and purpose of the library. And they do it with a welcoming heart, a desire to help, and a strong sense of service to their kids.

Tomorrow I head off to the Southeastern Library Association conference in Greeneville, SC and will visit libraries on the way.

Want to know how all this got started? Check it out here.

Also, follow my progress in photos on Facebook.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 things you miss if you just drive past a library without stopping :

  1. Books speak … but you have to sit down among them and be quiet for a minute to hear what they have to say.
  2. The next love of your life could be in there reading a book. Smart ones are keepers.
  3. Quiet kids focusing their attention on low-tech, high-impact entertainment.


Paperback amazon Delphi Deception

Delphi 2 kindle

Ingram Delphi Deception

What librarians are saying about The Delphi Trilogy:

“The League of Delphi by Chris Everheart is super suspenseful and unputdownable in the best sense of the word. A great readalike for kids who have plowed through Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games. We have multiple copies of the book and they have not been on the shelf since we bought them. Teen patrons have loved The League of Delphi.” – Hannahlily Smith, Teen Coordinator, Johnson City Public Library, Johnson City, TN.

“Fast-paced and well written, this thrilling mystery sucks readers in and leaves them anxiously waiting for the next installment of the trilogy. This is exactly the type of book teens enjoy and it will draw in even the most reluctant readers.” – Kiersten Doucette, Teen Services Librarian, Naperville Public Library, Naperville, IL

Readers rave about The Delphi Trilogy:

“Read. This. Book! Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, and it all leads up to one of the most exciting endings I’ve read in a long time.”

“It has it all: romance, intrigue and suspense… and very well written characters.”

“From the very first page to the very last page I felt like I was on this wild ride.”

“Even the most reluctant of reluctant readers will have a hard time putting these books down.”

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