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Working with Public Libraries: A Guide for Authors (Part Two of Two)

In part one, we looked at book signings and other programs. But how do you pitch your program to a library? Showcases: Some state and regional library associations run performer showcases, where local authors and performers who wish to present in libraries can share a brief taste of their programs (usually 10-15 minutes). Participating in a showcase is a great way to put your presentation in front of lots of librarian eyeballs (and sometimes school […]

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Working with Public Libraries: A Guide for Authors (Part One of Two)

I’ve been lucky to experience public libraries from both sides of the reference desk: as a Children’s Services Supervisor at Carroll County (MD) Public Library (where I still work as a substitute), and also for thirteen years as an American Sign Language storyteller performing in libraries up and down the East Coast. As I gear up to promote my YA debut Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, January 19, 2016), I’m putting everything I’ve learned to good […]

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Guest Post: A Day in the Life of a School Librarian

Tuesday 24th March, 2015 5.00 a.m. My alarm blares. I roll over and fall back to sleep. 5.10 a.m. My alarm goes off again. My fiance, Neil, mutters for me to turn the blasted thing off. I scramble for my phone and knock it off the bedside table. Forcing myself onto the floor to feel for it in the dark, its shrieking stops just as I grab it. Sod’s law. I consider climbing back into […]

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Writers Write — and Read

It’s harder than ever to become a writer. Not because of all the doom and gloom about the death of the novel, print vs. electronic books, big publishers vs. self-publishing, or Amazon vs. everyone. The problem is that many kids today (girls and boys) not only aren’t reading, but they don’t have access to books. Good writers are born from a lifetime love of reading. It’s not a matter of kids and teens choosing to […]

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Guest Post: Transitioning from a Public Library to a School Library

Back in 2012, I wrote about being a library assistant in a public library. A post on the writerly benefits of working on the frontline followed a couple of months later. Today I am back to talk about my transition to becoming a school librarian at a secondary school. So why did I make the switch from a public library to a school library? When I started working in public libraries, I was still trying […]

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