Rousing the Reading Rabble

This week’s update on my effort to incite excitement for books one library at a time
Clowning outside the Sylva, NC Jackson County Public Library.

Clowning outside the Sylva, NC Jackson County Public Library.

If I’m getting a little tired, it’s only between library visits, not during them. I love meeting librarians and seeing their libraries. I’m glad I started this adventure. I’m up to 79 as of this week!

I visited 15 libraries in the past week on the 100-Library Tour. North Carolina and South Carolina community and school libraries got copies of The League of Delphi for their teen collections and the author got even more jazzed about libraries.

Last week I went to the Southeastern Library Association / South Carolina Library Association joint conference in Greenville. Met a lot of great people from all over the region and won the karaoke contest. Yep, I not only write, I sing too! (First prize was $20, which will go to my local library’s teen book clubs.)

Karaoke champions are just people like you and me. Well, probably more like me than you.

Karaoke champions are just people like you and me. Well, probably more like me than you.

Greenville, SC is less than three hours’ drive from home, so stopping along the way in Hendersonville, NC was easy. I visited the county library, where Loree told me about their teen programs and how they’re trying to grow them. Then I stopped at several area middle schools and a high school. The standout was Rugby Middle School, where librarian Karen is dong lots of great things – including a family reading night.

I also visited schools and libraries in the Greenville/Travelers Rest, SC area. At Travelers Rest High School, Deanna and Ashley are fairly new and young librarians who are connecting their teens with books and have created a fun lunchtime book club. I’d love to sit on one of their book discussions.

Monday, I visited Western North Carolina with my friend Scott in the passenger seat. I started at Mars Hill, where I met Melissa, who’s from Wisconsin (I’m from Minnesota) and went to the same college as my step-son. They have a beautifully remodeled library and are looking to build up their teen reading programs. I hope I can help out.

My new friend author/poet/performer/educator Allan Wolf met me for coffee in West Asheville. We had a great talk about publishing and school visits. Thanks Allan!

Librarians are so nice! With my friend Ellen at Macon County Library, Franklin, NC.

Librarians are so nice! With my friend Ellen at Macon County Library, Franklin, NC.

After a quick visit with Karen at the West Asheville Library, Scott and I headed outstate to visit librarian friends I met at the North Carolina Library Association conference in September. It was well worth the trip, visiting schools and libraries there and back. The highlight was delivering a book to Ellen and Kristina at the Macon County Library in Franklin, NC and giving and informal book talk to a couple of their teen writers.

The tour continues this week. A couple of area schools Thursday then a weekend trip to the Chicago area. Somebody stop me. No don’t! I’m so close to 100!

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 I’ve noticed while visiting 100 librarians:

  1. Librarians smile when you give them a free book. They also smile when you check out a book they love.
  2. People relax in libraries. I haven’t seen an angry library-goer yet.
  3. Ask a librarian is more than a slogan. It’s a way of life.


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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7 thoughts on “Rousing the Reading Rabble

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