Today I'll finish some small tweaks on REALITY BOY and send it to my editor, but only after I get my 1000 new words written and Skype with the awesome people of Westborough, MA.
If I haven't mentioned it before, PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ is part of an amazing project up in Westborough called Westborough Reads Together. The community is reading the book--adults and teens are reading together and having book discussions and other cool events related to the book--and I will be visiting in April to close out this amazing project.
When I see programs like this, run by dedicated and enthusiastic librarians, I get a huge feeling in my chest. Not because they're using my book, but because they have found a way to get their community to read together. That's pretty amazing, isn't it?
|Photo thanks to Maureen!|
A community that reads together will be stronger.
I know a lot of library systems around the country are struggling through budget cuts and scrambling to keep their doors open. As a reader, a library trustee, and an author, Westborough Reads Together has given me a real picture of what libraries can do to make stronger communities. Now, if we can remind people that reading is important...and that reading with kids, no matter what age, is the foundation of a community, we'll be on a winner.