The gift of 90 libraries.
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.
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:
- 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.
- Make an origami Christmas tree out of an old copy of War and Peace.
- Check out a book and don’t return it until “next year.”
SPREAD THE CONSPIRACY – GET “THE DELPHI DECEPTION: BOOK II OF THE DELPHI TRILOGY” NOW!
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.”