He who walks with the wise grows wise. ~Proverbs 13:20
My new book, I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word, just came out. It is dedicated to all the admirable librarians who have welcomed me into their library either by purchasing my book or by physically having me come to share my talents with their patrons. I am blessed to have met librarians all over the United States as a result of my travels. These women and men are bankers to the wealth of wonder associated with the great gift of books and being able to read.
I remember a librarian from my childhood who challenged me as a fledgling reader to take out more and more difficult books. In seventh grade I read all of Ayn Rand’s books. Back then they were the page-length equivalent of reading the Harry Potter books, but the content was worlds apart. Ayn Rand took me to places I never would have experienced and challenged my outlook on life. She wasn’t an easy read, believed me, but I did it. All because a librarian believed I could.
So this blog is for you, dear librarians. Thank you for challenging our youth to discover places they never would have without you. Thank you for welcoming and encouraging people of every race, religion and color. Thank you for seeing beyond the walls of the library and bringing authors like myself in to encourage the next generation of writers. Your actions are never forgotten. Your public loves you more than you will ever know.