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At the Boardwalk update

First, I'm delighted to find that AT THE BOARDWALK has been nominated for a CYBILS Award.

Second, I should probably tell you about my visit to the Belmar Public Library on Saturday. I feel a list coming on:

1. The library building itself is relatively small, which is exactly what you'd expect for a library that was built 98 years ago. The entire collection (adult's and children's, fiction and nonfiction, movies and books) is contained in gorgeous hardwood built-in bookcases that surround the rectangular room upstairs at the library building. It features quite a lot of natural light from the two big windows on the front of the building, and from above-the-stacks arched windows around the room. The children's collection and movies are to the left of the door, the adult's collection is to the right. The whole place is charming and wonderful. (And yes, there's another room downstairs, that they use for opera performances every Wednesday. For serious.)

2. The library has a big sign out in the front yard, which greeted me when I arrived:

3. Their collection is, as you might imagine given the restricted space, not exactly ginormous, but it has really great books. For instance, here's my friend Linda Urban's book, Hound Dog True, sandwiched between Mark Twain and Jules Verne. Just as you'd expect. (They have her first book, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, too, but it was checked out.)

4. They really made a day of it. There was one table set up for the wonderful face-painter who created works of art on the faces of the children who attended, and another set up for the dual purpose of selling copies of my book and providing snacks - lollipops, bottles of water, and soft pretzel sticks. NOM!

5. A LOT of people showed up! They filled all the chairs they had set up, and it turned into a standing room only event. I read AT THE BOARDWALK first, then read a poem of mine called "Lawnmowers", followed by the poems I have out in the recently released NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY and in DARE TO DREAM . . . CHANGE THE WORLD. (I read my "partner poem" from DARE TO DREAM, too - the wonderful "Just Like That" by Laura Purdie Salas.) In looking at the many photos that my sweetheart took, I realize that I make A LOT of goofy faces while reading. Here's one of the less goofy (though still goofy) ones for you to see. Also, you can see the awesome shelves behind me:

6. And finally, they sold out of my book! Many thanks to the library for coordinating with the good folks at BookTowne in Manasquan to have copies available for sale at the library. Thanks to the library, also, for the wonderful gift bag they put together for me!

MANY thanks to Ray, Peggy, Patty, and all the other wonderful librarians at the Belmar Public Library who were so wonderful and welcoming, and to the parents, children, and others who attended the reading. It was a truly terrific day!

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( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 2nd, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Looks like a great event! Hooray!!
Oct. 2nd, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
It was fun!
Oct. 2nd, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)

So much awesomeness in one space is FLABBERGASTING! :)
Oct. 2nd, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
No kidding!!
Oct. 2nd, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an absolutely wonderful day. Congrats, Kelly!
Oct. 2nd, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Becky!
Oct. 2nd, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds really wonderful, Kelly! It doesn't get better than this. *makes note to self: Belmar is an awesome library*
Oct. 2nd, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
If you want to visit there, I'd be happy to make the introduction - seriously. They said they'd be delighted to have other visitors.
Oct. 3rd, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
That would be lovely - we have been to Belmar as a family during the summer on vacation. I will reach out to you if we make a visit there again soon. :)
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your nomination :)
Oct. 2nd, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jon!
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Oct. 2nd, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Pam Coughlan
Oct. 3rd, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your fantabulous book-signing!
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear Pam!
Laura Purdie Salas
Oct. 3rd, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Sounds like an amazing time! And I'm honored that you read my poem, too:>)
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
But of COURSE I read your poem - you're my partner!
Oct. 3rd, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
That's awesome!!!
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
It really was!
Oct. 3rd, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Congrats! It sounds amazing!
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
It was a great day!
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS! But is that a Telecaster growing in that garden?
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Yes. A HUGE one!
Oct. 4th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
I love to see all of you authors at your reading events. It's so neat! And...you got top billing over face painting! Nicely done, LOL!
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
I was very pleased to get top billing, let me tell you! LOL!
Oct. 7th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
1. Awesome!
2. Also awesome!
And 3. I told you so (about it going to be an award-winning book)
Oct. 8th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
You so rock.
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