100 Libraries – Done

100 libraries by year’s end – check. Now what?
The final frontier - SE Kentucky, SW Virginia and NE Tennessee.

The final frontier – SE Kentucky, SW Virginia and NE Tennessee.

Happy Old Year! And 2013 was a happy one for one maniac with a car, a map of libraries, and a book to give away. (I’m the maniac.) The 100-Library Tour was officially accomplished last Monday, December 30th and I couldn’t be more excited. Did I say exhausted? Because I needed a day or two to recover.

If you’ve never been to Southeastern Kentucky or Southwestern Virginia, there are two things you need to know – one: there are big, big mountains between towns; and two: there are great libraries and librarians.

With nine libraries to go, my friend Scott and I set out New Years Eve-eve to hit the century mark before the ball dropped – next day at midnight (OK, maybe I didn’t cut it that close). We drove down interstates, onto US highways, via state byways, over mountains, through forests, and past coal mines.

Around 11AM had a great visit with the ladies at the Scott County Library in Gate City, VA. They work with the high school on reading programs and asked if I could come back for a visit with the kids. I can’t wait!

After a drop-in at Pennington Gap, VA, we went on to Harlan, KY. They have newly remodeled library downtown that still smells like paint. Don’t take my word for it – pay them a visit. They now have The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy on their teen shelf, too.

We visited the library at Cumberland, KY then went up, up, up a mountain then down into a valley to Whitesburg, KY. They’re way up there in the mountains and have a big library with very active youth reading programs. I was glad to give Vicki a book for her teens. Next was Neon, KY (not a joke – check the picture), followed by Jenkins, KY and Wise, VA.

ONE MORE TO GO! But it was getting late. We stopped in Big Stone Gap, VA at 5:01 – one minute after library closing. Argh!

#100 Traci and Cindy at the Mt. Carmel, TN library. Thanks, guys!

#100 Traci and Cindy at the Mt. Carmel, TN library. Thanks, guys!

Luckily, I had scoped out a safety. The tiny city library at Mt. Carmel, TN was a godsend, open until 8PM – and Lucky Number 100! Cindy and Traci welcomed me with open arms and seemed delighted to top off the library tour. I’m so grateful for their participation and hope I can return the favor sometime.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Libraries give our communities so much all year. Please consider supporting your local library. If you’re looking for a fun way to do that, check out Geek the Library.

Want to know how all this got started? Check it out hereSee photos on Facebook.

Happy New Year, everyone! If I visited your library last year, thank you. If I didn’t visit you, I hope I get a chance to see you soon.

I hope 2014 is a great year for you, full of love and opportunity.

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

3 things to do after you visit 100 libraries:

  1. Hurry up and return all those overdue books. People are going to jail for that kind of procrastination these days!
  2. Get new tires. The mountain library drives are killer on the treads.
  3. Take a nap – in the 920 section where it’s always quiet.

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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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Keeps on Giving

The gift of 90 libraries.
Western North Carolina libraries have been good to me and The Delphi Trilogy.

Western North Carolina libraries have been good to me and The Delphi Trilogy.

Two weeks since my last library update? How did that happen? Oh, I know – I’ve been busy writing more books!

This week I just want to give a quick update of the 100-Library Tour and wish you all a Merry Christmas. I was invited to the Independence Regional Library in Charlotte on December 11 to talk with their teens about what it’s like being a writer.

I was reminded of my favorite writing quote by the old-school Hollywood screenwriter Gene Fowler – “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”

Don’t worry, I didn’t say that to them. I did explain some of the tools of creativity, show them some books that I’ve used to enhance my creativity, and – most importantly – encouraged them to discover their passion and indulge in it, develop it, and pursue it. “Your passion is priceless,” I told them. I hope it inspires them to be creative in anything they do and to do it for and with love.

On the way there, I visited the public library and the Middle School in Weaverville, NC and gave them each a copy of The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy for their collections. I hope they enjoy them. A quick stop in Gastonia, NC as I sped toward Charlotte added another book to their YA collection too.

I’ve been at my desk working on two books. A graphic novel adaptation of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days” and a quick 10,000-word urban mystery book for middle-graders. Both are going great.

Giving back - one song at a time. $20 karaoke winnings goes to Johnson City Public LIbrary teen book clubs.

Giving back – one song at a time. $20 karaoke winnings goes to Johnson City Public LIbrary teen book clubs.

I also finally collected my karaoke winnings from the South Carolina Library Association conference and donated the $20 cash money to the teen reading program at the Johnson City Public Library.

Libraries give our communities so much all year. Please consider supporting your local library this holiday season. Looking for a fun way to do that? Check out Geek the Library.

Here’s the count: The Independence library was number 90 on my way to 100! Just 10 more to go before New Year’s Day. Almost there.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

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 ways to celebrate with your library at Christmas time:

  1. Go to the library’s DVD shelf and try to find a copy of “A Christmas Story” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Go ahead, try.
  2. Make an origami Christmas tree out of an old copy of War and Peace.
  3. Check out a book and don’t return it until “next year.”

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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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Library Days, Library Nights

Trying to catch up with my library-visiting self.
Visited a few in the backyard and a few along the trail.

Visited a few in the backyard and a few along the trail.

The weekend before Thanksgiving I made a run up to Chicago to do a little business. I visited some libraries and schools along the way as part of my 100-Library Tour. Before I left I made a run up to Abingdon, VA and visited their schools and libraries.

At Abingdon High School, Virginia welcomed me to her comfortable and active library. We had a great talk about teen reading and she got a copy of The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy for her shelf. And she made sure I visited Stanley Middle School and the Washington County Public Library while I was in town. I hope to visit again for a reading program.

Then I saddled up and headed north (where, yes, it was cold – still is). Along the way I visited the Knox Appalachian School in Barbourville, KY and donated some books for their collection. This is a residential school for kids who are trying to get their lives back on track. Jennifer, the English teacher, was very excited because her library is expanding and the teens are diving into reading. I hope to do a group event sometime for the teens.

I stopped at Madison County Library in Berea, KY and delivered a book to Pat then went on to Williamstown, KY and Grant County Public Library. I’d wanted to visit them last time I was in the area but missed their closing time.

It was near nightfall when I reached the Miami Township Branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. I’m glad I stopped by. Had a great talk with Branch Manager Carrie, who used to be a teen services librarian. She promised to send The League of Delphi on to circulation and I was just informed today that it has been shelved. So, read on, Cincy!

In addition to my many school and library visits I’ve met some great people at the North Carolina Library Association conference in Winston-Salem, the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference in Williamsburg, and the Southeastern Library Association conference in Greeneville, SC and we’ve been staying in touch. I’m so glad I embarked on this tour. 

What’s the count? 86 of 100 so far.

Next week, I head off to Charlotte for an author visit with the teens at the Independence Brach.

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 no one told me about a 100-library tour :

  1. Do not fear: librarians are way nicer than they were when you were a kid.
  2. Your tour will take you to Miami – no, not that Miami – don’t be ridiculous!
  3. You will deliberately travel north into the frozen tundra to meet your goal. Luckily, you get to escape south again.

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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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Dear Teen Me

The letter I didn’t want to write to my young self, but glad I did
Portrait of the author-to-be with a killer instinct.

Portrait of the author-to-be with a killer instinct.

I’d call this breaking news, the fact that I’m featured on Dear Teen Me this week, but the subject matter is so old (does that make me old too?) that it seems like it should be called “not-too-distant history.”

Click here to read the letter.

There’s one thing I learned from writing for Dear Teen Me: the feelings and fears and hopes of the kid I once was are not too far beneath the surface of who I am today. I think that’s a good thing.

Enjoy! (if you dare)

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

3 other things I learned writing a letter to my 14-year-old self:

  1. I don’t exactly feel old, but I definitely don’t look that young anymore.
  2. And here I though I’d forgotten everything I wrote in my journal!
  3. Purple is still my color.

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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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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.

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SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – GET “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!

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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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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.

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SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – GET “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!

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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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Mo’ Libraries, Mo’ Visits

A big week on the 100-library drop-in tour – up to #56!
15 libraries in one weekend? This is getting to be a habit.

15 libraries in one week? This is getting to be a habit.

The past week has been an adventure in the familiar – along a route I’ve traveled dozens of times in the twenty years I’ve been married to an East Tennessee woman. I confess I haven’t spent much time off the main highways between “down home” and points North over the years, but the 100-Library Tour has changed all that.

Since setting my goal to visit 100 libraries by the end of the year and donate a copy of The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy for their teen collections, I’ve been looking for opportunities to drop in and say hello to school and community librarians not just in far-off, exotic locations like Kissimmee, Florida, but even in the most obvious – and should-be familiar – places. Now a well known road sign pointing to a town “that-a-way” is more than a decision whether or not to make a pitstop; it’s a chance to stop by the library and make a friend.

October 29 – November 3 I was traveling to and from Chicago and stopped in towns big and small along the way. I’ll name just a few of the 15 (a new record for me) I visited on this trip.

What a great experience, meeting librarians Gil and Carrie at Volunteer High School near my own backyard. I’ve driven by many times and never thought about stopping. But now, we’re friends (meaning I can honk and wave as I drive past and they’ll know who it is). Middlesboro, KY – one of the high mountain towns – is way more than a pass-through to the Cumberland Gap tunnel. Cindy had a lot of good news about her teen programs. I hope to visit them again. In Corbin, KY – home of Colonel Sanders – I met Casandra who’s looking for ways to get her teens as excited about the books on the shelves as they are about other activities in the library.

The massive and the mighty: Indianapolis Central Library and the Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, Indiana.

The massive and the mighty: Indianapolis Central Library and the Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, Indiana.

In Indiana I delivered a book to Seymour High School and found out their school colors are purple and white (same as my high school – GO PURPLE!). I visited the stunning and huge Indianapolis Central Library – a mix of old and new – then went on to the tiny Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, where Brenda is holding up all four corners of this little community library’s program. Then I met the dynamic Kirsten at Indiana’s Frankfort Community Public Library, where the teens have one huge section of the library to themselves.

On the way home, I made a left turn and dropped in at the Lemont, IL (southwestern Chicago area) library and donated a book for their YA collection. Next day I stopped at the Laurel County Public Library in London, KY where Krystyna, the new teen librarian is creating programs for her YA audience. I hope I can help her with a  group event sometime.

I’m learning that there are WAY more school and community libraries out there than I’d ever considered. I hope to get to each and every one within reach. (Hmm … this may require an expanded library tour in 2014.)

This week I’m heading to Williamsburg, VA for the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference with many stops en route. Next week, I’ll be at the Southeastern Library Association conference in Greeneville, SC and already have some libraries on the visit list.

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 must-do tasks between trips to visit 100 libraries:

  1. Shake the road dust out of the suitcase.
  2. Count the books, make sure a case of them didn’t fall off the roof of the car.
  3. Say good morning to wife until it gets annoying, then go on another trip.

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SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – ORDER “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!

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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.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
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Bring on the Books

The 100-library drop-in tour continues
Home libraries

Local libraries got books this week. I got some insights into what the libraries and schools need from authors.

The past week I was home between trips so I visited libraries in my area and gave them a copy of The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy. I’m up to 38 so far!

It was great talking with my local school and community librarians. There are a lot of exciting things happening. I’m looking forward to visiting again and doing reader and writer group programs for their teens soon.

This week, I’m heading to the Chicago area and will be visiting lots of libraries along the way – the mountain towns in eastern Tennessee and western Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis, maybe Cincinnati on the way back.

Then I’m heading to Williamsburg, VA for the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference with many stops en route. After that, it’s the Southeastern Library Association conference in Greeneville, SC. No rest till every library I can get to has been visited!

Can I reach 100 by December 31? Why am I doing this? Am I crazy? Learn how all this got started here.

Also, follow my progress in photos on Facebook.

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

3 happy accidents that happen when visiting 100 libraries:

  1. Sit down in the peace and quiet for more than a minute, fall asleep and get a midday nap.
  2. Remember what it was like to be a teenager – mostly the good parts.
  3. Feel automatically smarter just being around all those books.

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SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – ORDER “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!

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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.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
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Reader & Guinness #19

A reluctant reader comic strip.
Reader Guinness

Reader accidentally learns new words and concepts from Guinness every day.

Reader is learning that his robotic rodent creation has literary sensibility. Guinness wonders if he understands what that means.

  • Who are Reader & Guinness? They are the world’s most distracted reluctant reader and the better-read robotic guinea pig he accidentally built from random parts while bored in biology class.
Chris Everheart is author of the YA thriller described as “unputdownable” and “will draw in even the most reluctant readers”:

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Spread the conspiracy – Get “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” now!

Paperback amazon Delphi Deception

Delphi 2 kindle

Ingram Delphi Deception

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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.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
Categories: Comic strip, Comics, Reader & Guinness, Readers, Reluctant Readers, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Put It on the Books

A 100-library drop-in tour starts somewhere near the beginning

I’m not loitering, officer – I don’t have time. (At Catawba County Central Library, Newton, NC)

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.

With Barb at Danville, IL Public Library. I'm so grateful for the librarians who always pretend to be happy to see me.

With Barb at Danville, IL Public Library. I’m so grateful for the librarians who always pretend to be happy to see me.

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:

  1. 100 opportunities to rekindle a librarian crush.
  2. Late fees so big the governor will finally have to pay attention to me.
  3. 100 moments of deafening silence. Ahhhh….

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SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – ORDER “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!

Paperback amazon Delphi Deception

Delphi 2 kindle

Ingram Delphi Deception

-

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.”

Thriller authors agree:
“The Delphi Deception is a masterpiece! It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride filled with mystery and suspense.”
~Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings series.
“An intriguing premise. Everheart’s latest page-turner is packed with mystery, secrets and surprises.”
Steven James, award-winning author of Placebo and Quest for Celestia.
Categories: Uncategorized | 8 Comments

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