Wonderful Welcome in Georgia

Wonderful Welcome in Georgia

It’s official: I love Friends of the Library hosted events. This whole series of talks, everyone has been so sweet, AND they have made chocolate every single time. I want to give a big thanks to Roni Tewksbury, director of the West Georgia Regional Library system, for organizing these events for their Adult Summer Reading Program finale.

Also, she kept telling everyone stories of how when we were kids, she would be working at the library desk of our hometown library in the system and see two giant stacks of books approaching the desk. Then the books would be set down and my sister and I would peek around the edge of them, ready to check out. Every few days.

This is a true story. My dad used to say the car didn’t know how to get home from school without turning into the library, because I was always insisting we stop by there.

So THAT’s why I love libraries and think all authors should. Plus, you know–they feed me chocolate these days. That’s always a plus.

A few photos of the events:

With an old dear friend who came to the signing.

With an old dear friend who came to the signing.

 

With one of my closest friends from school.

With one of my closest friends from school.

With Roni Tewksbury, director of the West GA Library system & responsible for organizing this series of events. The Buchanan Library is in the old courthouse--utterly charming. I pretended I was Perry Mason.

With Roni Tewksbury, director of the West GA Library system & responsible for organizing this series of events. The Buchanan Library is in the old courthouse–utterly charming. I pretended I was Perry Mason.

Jana, branch manager at the Buchanan Library, made truffles. Teresa Jones made truffles at the Neva Lomason library, too, but we failed to get a photo before they were all gone!

Jana, branch manager at the Buchanan Library, made truffles. Teresa Jones made truffles at the Neva Lomason library, too, but we failed to get a photo before they were all gone!

Buchanan Library display

Ephesus Library display

With Donna Alvis, head of the Ephesus Library & responsible for the lovely baskets and bouquets of chocolate-y gifts.

With Donna Alvis, head of the Ephesus Library & responsible for the lovely baskets and bouquets of chocolate-y gifts.

Ephesus basketEphesus

Signing away...

Signing away…

The mayor of Ephesus took a course with my dad. You can see by the expression on my face what kind of stories he is telling on my dad.

The mayor of Ephesus took a course with my dad. You can see by the expression on my face what kind of stories he is telling on my dad.

"Yes, that sounds like my dad, all right," I am saying.

“Yes, that sounds like my dad, all right,” I am saying.

A huge thanks to Roni Tewksbury for organizing all the events and being there in person to make sure every single one went off without a hitch. And a big thank you to everyone in the system who made it possible–branch managers such as Jana, Agnes for all the technical assistance, children’s librarian Teresa Jones (who makes awesome truffles), all the amazing Friends of the Library groups, and all their generous members who made chocolate and other goodies and showed up to support. Another thanks to Donna Alvis, because I am still gleefully enjoying all the chocolate-y goodies in the gift basket. And of course one Giant Enormous THANK YOU to everyone who turned out. Your support is so much appreciated.

It was a wonderful “advance premier” for THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH.

And I am now officially open to chocolate bribery from Friends of the Library everywhere. 🙂

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