Little libraries form future minds

rieger library

https://www.facebook.com/HaskellFOL?fref=nf

nancy drew

I see a lot of authors here on Word Press and I realized how very hard it is these days to get hard cover books published. Part of the problem is that with Kindles and other Ereaders they have gone out of favor. I doubt very much real books will disappear but it is crucial that we get young people involved in reading specially in areas that don’t have the money to support public libraries. Meet the Rieger Memorial Library, Haskell, Oklahoma.

It is interesting how I became involved with it. I as many of you might know live in the borough of Queens part of New York City. Just about as far from Haskell as you can get. I have never been there but would like to visit one day. I digress. One of the good things about Facebook is you can get to know some really good people doing some really good work. Among the things that happen there are auctions to benefit various rescues. I have been involved in this for about the past six years. That was where I met Naomi Morgan and her husband the wonderful R.d. Morgan who writes great books about the old west. As I got to know Naomi she shared her work with the library in her town. Haskell is a country town without a lot of resources and the library serves people in the area. It is the only library and gets very little funding so she and the people of the town do various things to raise money like summer fairs, bake sales, country sales, auctions and the like. In with all the stuff that my husband and I have collected over the years are lots of books. A good thing about USPS priority is they don’t weigh the boxes :).  Our libraries here have lots of funding and turn down offers of books and I just can’t toss them. It just is so very wrong so once in a while I would send a box of books. It isn’t completely altruistic, she sends me the best chocolate covered peanuts you ever tasted!!

Last week on Facebook I saw an article about Nancy Drew so I asked her if they had it in the library. Can you believe there wasn’t one copy. To me this was tragic. It focuses on the age of children that you want to get involved in reading so it becomes a life long joy.

In a small town like that kids can also get into trouble as there isn’t much to do. I had to do something so I ordered this little set. Now we will be having a best essay contest that will be based on the books they read. I could not have made a better investment.

So to you that say you aren’t getting the audience you wish for how about donating a book here or there to libraries that are short funded. They are all over the country. You can become part of the solution. As for my new little detective friends I will be keeping you up to date on how we are doing and will share the winning essay at the end of the summer.

Thank you my writer friends. Wanted to share this joy of reading with you.

26 comments

  1. The Story Reading Ape · May 6, 2015

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Support YOUR local Library – It could be another Marketing Tool if you donate your book(s) to it – and if you can persuade them to display it/them as a newly received book(s) by a local author… 😀

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  2. noelleg44 · May 6, 2015

    I feel like I grew up in our local library, since my parents insisted we go every week. It’s important to support libraries! In the meantime, I am also compiling a list of children’s books I think every library should have. Might have to create a mini-library of these for any future grandchildren.

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  3. Gale A. Molinari · May 6, 2015

    https://galesmind.com/2015/05/06/calling-all-authors-support-your-libraries/

    Please reblog this post in support of local libraries.

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  4. Let's CUT the Crap! · May 6, 2015

    I volunteer in a charity used bookstore. While sorting books this morning, I came across a load of psychology books. Three had pages and pages of underlining and highlighting. These usually go to be recycled. A woman came in asking if we had any psychology books. Serendipity? She took them all even the three I pulled out of the recycle box. I told her they were no charge. I haven’t been this excited in years. The woman saved about $1,000. She was all smiles. I was as well. I wanted to jump up and down but that’s not professional. Who cares? I did anyway. Only one reason I like hardcover books. 🙂 😀

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  5. Angie · May 6, 2015

    Reblogged this on Love, Laughter, and Life and commented:
    Let’s hear it for the libraries!

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  6. patriciaruthsusan · May 7, 2015

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Something needs to be done. This is serious.

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  7. skeetersez · May 7, 2015

    This is about my local library and I appreciate Gale’s support for it… The library itself is located in a town of 2000 but services an area of about 3500 people.. We are not a rich community and have a lot of residents below the poverty level so the library offers much more then just books… We have a birthday party each month serving cake and fresh fruit for the young patrons to come in and enjoy.. We make sure each birthday child gets a special new book of their own.. In some cases this is the only birthday party and gift they get… We are gearing up for our summer reading program right now..we get an average of 100 kids every week attending… We have special guests come in and talk to them… They check out books and get prizes for the most books that are read… Then at the end we have a big party at the local park for them all and being that it is a small town we turn no child away even if they didn’t go to the programs cause if they see how much fun the events can be at the library they take part in the future programs and get involved… we can make a difference in a child’s life by introducing reading into their life… They will be successful in life when they use the library…

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  8. kirizar · May 7, 2015

    Not sure whether this relates, but on another blog, I read an author’s perspective on writing the teenage story of Lois Lane–teen reporter. It sounds like a great read for young adults. (And YA-at heart.) It is called Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond. The article was posted on a different site: TerribleMinds: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/05/07/gwenda-bond-five-things-i-learned-writing-lois-lane-fallout/
    I just suggest it in case you are always looking for something new to recommend. I thought it sounded interesting.

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  9. theowllady · May 8, 2015

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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