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Lunch Money @ CCPL

If you have children and don’t know about the band Lunch Money, you should really get on that.

Here’s a video I took of Lunch Money performing “Going to the Library” at the Charleston Public Library on May 30th. It was so awesome to finally see them play LIVE!!

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I Have a Library Card!

That’s right — here it is! My very first library card since I was a Children’s Librarian at the Smyrna Public Library in Tennessee 10 years ago. I was sort of giddy when I turned in my application…the Librarian who put in my info thought it was kind of cute. (I hope.)

The Ashburn Public Library a gorgeous library — it’s been there for seven years. There are very high ceilings and lots of natural light, and there is a TON of stuff to do. They have a poetry and story workshop for adults and teens, a Vampire discussion in a few weeks, storytimes every day, and various events around the county. I took a few pamphlets and flyers, and then checked in at the Children’s desk to introduce myself.

It always feels a bit weird and self-serving doing stuff like that, but  (unlike some bookstore employees) most people can tell if you’re honest or if you’re just being a slimeball used car salesman. If you are an author, I encourage you to make yourself known to your local library. Especially if you’re a children’s author, if you have any acting experience whatsoever, or if you like to work with teens. Libraries are always happy to have volunteers on their side, and a published author in their back pocket whom they can call at a moment’s notice is never a bad thing.

In fact, my library was so wonderful and welcoming, I’m adding a corollary to the AlphaOops Scavenger Hunt/Photo Contest. In addition to bookstores, please feel free to visit your local library and ask after AlphaOops: H is for Halloween. If they have it, I’d love a picture of it with the librarian. If they don’t have it, or it’s checked out, the alternate “OOPS” sign applies. You have another week, so get those cameraphones ready!

For the rest of the rules and contest details, click here. Now go visit your library!

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Happy Almost-Spoleto!

It’s that time of year…time for Charleston’s annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival! It always starts on Memorial Day weekend — this year it runs from May 28th to June 13th.

The combination of historic Charleston’s old European charm and the world-class Spoleto Festival USA together produce a unique and impacting synergy for all who come to the city by the sea to experience this magnificent international multi arts festival. But what really adds the ingredient of magic to the mix is Piccolo Spoleto, which provides access to the festival for Every Person, especially children. Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of its parent festival and its 700 events in 17 days, transforms Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts. Piccolo Spoleto’s traditional program offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts, and film.

I will be making an appearance at the Charleston Public Library booth at the Children’s Festival in Marion Square this Saturday. Click here for more details. I will have AlphaOops and H: is for Halloween to read, and there will be fun activity handouts, as well as everything else fun for the kids to do at a festival!

I love being in Charleston for Spoleto. It’s like coming home…

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