From 1982 to 2006 I worked at the Emmett Public Library. It was the best job anyone could ever have! The only thing I didn’t like was the politics…I had to deal with City Hall as the library director!
I helped to process book after book to take a place on our book shelves. As a part-time writer, I dreamed of having my own book on one of those shelves.
I finally did it! I gave one of my THE HALLOWEEN SANTA books to Alyce Kelley, who took over for me as library director fifteen years ago! Now my tiny, thin paperback will have its own designated place on the numerous bookshelves among thousands of other children’s books!
I also put a copy of my book in a “plastic bag saddle bag” slung over a red toy wooden horse. The companion “plastic bag saddle bag” contained marshmallows, of course! This horse was given to the library to go up for silent auction among over a hundred “baskets-full of goodies” to raise money for books for the library. Most people don’t know that public libraries don’t get much money from City Hall to buy books. Librarians have to hold one fund-raiser after another to accumulate enough funds to appease their patrons’ appetites for the latest best-sellers!
Well, I did it! I got a book on my library’s shelf, Carmen and Loretta! But I can’t stop now…I have more books to write!
Miss Marsha-Aka- Marshmallow Hattie