Video day

Hi everyone,

I’m off to the library today to make a one-minute video for a kindergarten teacher in Florida.

One of her favorite storybooks as a child was PIGGY WIGLET’S GREAT ADVENTURE and she still uses it, along with WAKE UP, SUN! A MONSTER IS COMING!, and WHEN COWS COME HOME, to help her students develop vocabulary and reading skills.

I’m delighted to know of another fan of PIGGY and am happy to make the video for her. My thanks to Krissy Sinor, Training Coordinator at The Edge Community Technology Center, Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, for facilitating my video, and to Kathleen O’Dell, Community Relations Director at Springfield-Greene County Library District, for being there to take me through it.

My night at the library

Hi everyone,

Here are some pictures taken the other night by Library Community Relations Director Kathleen O’Dell when I was giving my program. The charming young miss, Lilly Williams, did a beautiful job of reading with expression when she joined me in a two-voice poem.

Janine Clark-Barry, a frequent visitor here on my blog, was the perfect grump in a two-voice poem by that name. Way to go, Janine!

All in all, a fun night. Sandy was there but wound up minding the book sales and so was spared hearing me do my thing for the millionth time. Thank you, dear Sandy!These are my new friends, Brendan, Raanan, Isaac and Abigail Minnick.

And to Kathleen go big thanks for setting up the event, including it in the Library’s promotion listing of upcoming events (The Bookends), promoting the evening in numerous other ways, and extending her long day to introduce me and stay to the end. Thank you, Kathleen!

Happy Poetry Month

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the good wishes yesterday. Our event went well and I think the kids who came with parents and grandparents had a fine time. Some brought their own poems and others preferred to read poems from my book. Kathleen O’Dell was everywhere doing everything to make it all happen smoothly (including taking pictures and video) and Melinda Arnold came with two staff members and a volunteer from Dickerson Park Zoo to wow the audience with a milk snake, a corn snake, two screech owls, and a hawk. It was a beautiful way to spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in spring and I’m grateful to everyone who came to join the fun!

Here’s my display for National Poetry Month. It’s in a case in the entrance hallway at The Library Center. I hope you’ll stop to see it if you’re there this month.
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Why I love librarians

Hi everyone,

The only thing I have left to finish on a manuscript under contract — and it’s a biggie — is to compile a list of books I read for research before, during, and after the writing process. I already have a sizable list of online references as well as titles from my own library, but I needed more.

Early this week I queried Kathleen O’Dell, Community Relations Director for the Springfield-Greene County Public Library District, to see if I could ask for help in the search for authoritative, recently published texts on my subjects.

I sent a list, which Kathleen passed along to reference librarians at The Library Center on South Campbell. Two days later, Tammy Flippen, Anna Mattonen, Jana Dimond and circulation assistant Leanne Burgess presented me with a stack of wonderful reference books, with more on the way from branch libraries! I couldn’t believe it! They used their expertise to aid me in writing a new book for children. It not only saved me time, I probably wouldn’t have found all the sources they did.

Librarians are famous for going that extra mile to give personal service to patrons, but this was above and beyond anything I could have asked for. It’s my book, but here’s a splendid example of how we rarely write alone. It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a lot of helping hands to make a book!

With sincere thanks to all,

David