I've been on the Standards Committee for the past year for the Florida Library Association, and what we worked on was a revision of existing standards - something in need of updates - to try and establish something that had outcomes that could be useful in getting libraries better funding and public support.
The Standards are up on a blog provided by the Orange County (Orlando) Library System at this link, and you can see for yourself how we're setting up what libraries are doing and can do to where the outcomes are clear and where our needs and support have to focus.
Just to note, it's summer. Libraries use this time to encourage kids and teens to read. It's helpful: it keeps the youth engaged in a needed skill - reading and literature - during the two/three months between schooling.
The theme this summer is Heroes, which is an appropriate one for meself as a fan of comic books and hero gaming. Here at Bartow Public we're hosting a lot of superhero-themed events for the youngsters. I worked with our Children's and Teen librarians hosting an event where kids got a superhero name and they crafted their own superhero outfits (although I would have said no to the capes like Edna would).
As such, I need to get this printed out and hanging on a wall at work:
So, busy day today. Driving in to Wesley Chapel for the Barnes & Noble Local Authors' Event. Selling my wares, Last of the Grapefruit Wars along with the mystery anthologies Strangely Funny, Mardi Gras Murder and History and Mystery OH MY...
So. Documenting the atrocities as it were. :)
Getting the selfie in as I set up at the table.
The store had tables set up on the second floor in designated areas. I was set up in the Fiction area with two authors sharing the table and the conversations with the passers-by. Take a bookmark, please!
Getting moral support from the editors in charge with Mystery & Horror LLC, publishers of the anthologies I had on display today. Hi Sarah, Hi Gwen!
Sarah took a photo of me autographing Grapefruit Wars for her and Gwen.
The tree was sharing the table with us. It had already sold all its books and was helping with the promotion of oxygen into the air.
Much of the event was spent sharing and chatting. A few teens stopped by to ask about the writing method, getting published, stuff like that. A few people took bookmarks. Hopefully that means they'll download the ebooks sometime soon.
So how went your day?
(hurries off to finish writing some sci-fi shorts to submit somewhere soon)