Michael Burnett, director of the Northville Public Library, introduced the program as the 15th annual author visit program for the public library! This annual visit began during the MVLS LSCA grant program “Books, Libraries and Students Team Up, or BLAST!” in 1993. Fifteen teen and children’s authors have found their way to Northville when the lake rises and spring appears each year. That was a good part, the continuation of a program that builds interest year to year, but not the best part!
K.L., or Kelly as she is more personally known, spoke Wednesday morning, May 9 to about 25 high school students in the Northville High School library. Kelly talked about her love of reading, and how her desire to read “more great fantasy fiction” led her to write a fantasy novel in high school. After college, she worked as a literary agent in NYC, which taught her the process of being published. Kelly showed the kids her high school novel, her rejection letters, acceptance letters, editor comments – in fact the writing process from start to published books. Included was fun information on the history of the covers of her novels! She ended her talk by reading from Fat Kid Rules the World and her children’s novel The Liberation of Gabriel King. It was good!
Kids swarmed around her after the talk, asking questions, checking out the letters, covers, her books in foreign languages, until the bell rang and the kids all disappeared. Was that the best part, her talk? The kids’ excitement? The kids’ disappearing? No!
The best part was and is how Kelly wound up in Northville, NY on a lovely day in May! It was Community Connections! Connections made in the public library last fall when a young mother came into the Northville Public Library and asked if the library owned a teen novel, Saint Iggy. “Why no,” said our library director, “but I can get it for you!” Further conversation elicited the fact that this young woman had gone to college and was a close personal friend of K.L. Going.
Then, in our library director’s brain came the CONNECTION:
· ANNUAL NORTHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY AUTHOR VISIT,
· TEEN AUTHOR,
· FRIEND OF TEEN AUTHOR WHO MIGHT INVITE HER TO COME AND STAY AT HER HOUSE AND ACCEPT A SMALLER THAN NORMAL FEE FOR HER SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT.
Bingo! THAT was the best part.
Keep those conversations over books with patrons going! Who knows where they might lead?
(For more information, check out: http://www.klgoing.com/ )