Most book lovers get their start in a library. Perhaps for you it was the library at your elementary school or the public library down the street. I avidly remember taking my library card to my local public library and checking out a stack of ten books at a time, the maximum I was allowed.
I would bring home books from beloved series such as Encyclopedia Brown, Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, and The Black Stallion. I’d disappear into my room with my new friends, only emerging for food, school, and church. When those books were finished, I would return them and repeat the process.
Nothing captured my attention like a library. I spent hours browsing the shelves and making my selections. I don’t visit as often as I used to as a child, but even now, my heart patters a little faster whenever I enter a library.
So when I find opportunities to support libraries, I jump at the chance. I’m a friend of our local library and donate books to their annual fundraising sale. My kids have earned service hours through volunteer work there, and when our community wanted to open a library branch in the mall, I eagerly made a donation.
My most recent venture, however, is to join with dozens of romance authors in a fundraiser to support the Bacon Free Library of Natick, MA. This library was established in 1880, which thrills my history-loving soul. Not only that, but the director loves romance and has chosen to reach out to romance writers to help support the library in an annual swag auction.
Some of the biggest names in romance are participating. Authors like Debbie Macomber, Tessa Dare, Sabrina Jeffries, Eloisa James, Julie Garwood, Mary Balogh, Lorraine Heath, and guess who else – ME!!!!
Tricia Goyer and I are the only two Inspirational Romance authors participating, and I would love for our auction items to make a splash, showing that inspirational readers love libraries, too.
I’m auctioning autographed copies of No Other will Do and Heart on the Line from my Ladies of Harper’s Station series along with a heart-shaped teacup and saucer and a box filled with a variety of teas to allow you to relax with a great read.
The auction opens in just a couple days, on Sunday, October 22 and will run through Sunday, October 29. Here’s the link to the library site with more information. And here is the link to my specific page.
The starting bid is only $20, but I’m hoping to bring in more than that to support a library that so generously supports our books. The actual auction will take place on Ebay. Here is the link to the Ebay site. It won’t be active until Sunday, but I wanted you to have it in case you are interested in making a bid.
- What are some of your favorite library memories?