Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ANTS Tour Stop #2: 10 Questions

Today's stop on the EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS Blog Tour is with Lori at Pure Imagination where I answer ten fabulous questions, including my favorite album.


Can you tell I've been watching a lot of Star Trek?
Thank you Lori, for having me to the blog, and for the kind words about ANTS. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Other cool links: Here's a great review by The Gallivanting Girl Scout. I tried to find a favorite part of this review, but it was hard to pick just one.

My trusty internet filter (AKA Mr. King) told me that today, he found EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS on the nomination list for Capitol Choices, the notable book list for Washington D.C. Thank you Capitol Choices committee!

Things I'm nervous about: TONIGHT is the east coast launch party for EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS. Why I'm nervous, I don't know. There will be so many varied home town people in one room--all coming together to support me. So maybe I'm nervous because the mere thought of that makes me want to cry! (Vulcan tears--they burn.)

I'm having my launch party at the library that would have been my library had it been there when I was growing up. Did you follow that? See--when I was a kid, we'd have to drive all the way into town to go to a library. It was a 15+ minute drive and it was, frankly, a pain. (Would be more of a pain now, I think, considering this recent NYT article.) But now, there's a library less than a mile from where I grew up. I could have walked there from my house. That library, the Exeter Community Library, is there (like most libraries) because a bunch of people got together and made it happen. No one paid them. They just did it because they wanted to better their community.

If you use a library, or have ever benefited from one, now is the time to think about giving back somehow. These amazing places don't run themselves. A while ago, I overheard a really disturbing conversation at a restaurant. The man was complaining about how lately, people were asking him for more help--his library, his local community organizations, his PTO, etc. He turned it into a political thing and said this was a result of the president, ultimately. But here's the thing. All of those things in your community that serve you and your family? They've been there all along...and have been run by volunteers all along and supported by willing community members all along. This idea that volunteering is a new government coup to make you help out in your own community is crazy.  These organizations have always asked for donations. But these days, maybe we're all too strapped for cash and time that we notice it more. I don't know. All I know is: if you've ever benefited from your local library, then I hope you consider supporting your local library volunteers so others can get the same benefits you did. An hour, a dollar--it all goes a long way.

Okay! SEE YOU TONIGHT! I'll be the one who still has no idea what she should wear!

1 comment:

Sara J. Henry said...

Wish I could be there! And you will look great, whether it's jeans or the camo mini or a variation thereof ...