I was lucky to experience three great library-sponsored events this month. First was YAPA Con, a local YA convention in Pennsylvania (get it? YA and PA? YAPA!) that was a joint effort between local bookstore owners, the library, and authors. They held panels throughout the day, and the kids asked amazing questions related to writing. It’s always awesome to talk to young people who want to write and are actually writing.
Next was an author panel at another local library. Six of us answered questions from the program director and from attendees, and then we had time for some mingling and bookselling. Today’s event was an author meet-and-greet, with three authors and the general public at yet another local library.
Interacting with the interested public is always great. I sold a couple of books today, one to a couple who read the same things and who were very funny. The wife looked at Aftershocks and said it sounded like it could be good. When her husband read the blurb and agreed, he said, “You want to get that one?” And she said, “Oh, all right.” It cracked me up. I’m not twisting anyone’s arm! LOL
I also loved chatting with the librarians. Libraries have been home to me for a very long time. My mother took me and my baby brother in a stroller to the library every week. I always had a huge stack of library books on hand, and when I was old enough, my mother would drop me at the library instead of making me do grocery shopping or other errands with her. I spent hours prowling the stacks. Everywhere I’ve ever lived for longer than three months, I’ve immediately gotten my library card. When I need to find somewhere to write that has no distractions, I pick the library. And even though I try to support authors by buying most of the books I read, I still use the library for a lot of them, as well as binge-watching DVDs of old shows like Dark Angel. 🙂
So it was really exciting to me, even more exciting than seeing my book in bookstores, to see that the Dauphin County Library System has some of my books in circulation.
What’s your library relationship like? 🙂