Stay tuned for storytimes with Celeste at some of our locations in the future!
What kinds of things have you been involved with at the libraries over the years?
have been enthusiastic patrons of the Nelsonville library (and the
entire Athens County library system) since moving to the area in
1991. One of my memories of the library in that year occurred after
our dog had encountered his first skunk. We were living in a
28-foot-long RV while building our house, and Pippin had run inside
freshly sprayed. He had rubbed himself all over the carpet before
we could get him into the shower, and the scent lingered for
weeks. But we got accustomed to it before too long, and didn't even
think about it when we took our stack of books back to the
library--until we noticed the librarians very quietly wiping the covers
down with cleaning fluid! We soon learned all the librarians'
names, and I even worked for ACPL for about two years, mostly at The
Plains branch, and helping do some of the data entry for the digital
catalog at the Glouster branch. I've also worn costumes for
the special Nelsonville branch programs during the Parade of the Hills
for a number of years--from the Very Hungry Caterpillar to Pete the Cat
to (with my husband Jim) Elephant and Piggie--and I love watching the
children's reactions during those programs.
What inspired you to write this book?
first version of this book was written as a gift for my mother and
drew on a time when she told me I couldn't go to a week-night high
school basketball game. I was furious and seriously considered
running away until, after careful consideration, I decided I didn't
have enough money saved up to make it work.
What was your writing process like?
I decided to see if I could have the book published, I had to revise it
a good bit to fit present-day conditions. My original
illustrations showed only Mandy, and I thought it would be more
interesting to have at least one other character in most of the
pictures. The main additional character ended up being my dog, who
became Mandy's confidante, Rascal.
Do you have advice for someone else wanting to write and publish a book?
that a story needs a beginning, middle, and end, and that there needs
to be some kind of tension or conflict for your characters to deal
with. That's very common, basic advice, but it's surprising how
easy it can be to forget, especially if you have lived with the story
for so long that you don't realize some parts of it are still in your
head and not written down on the page. Also, you have to be willing
to ask for advice--and even apply it, although not necessarily exactly
as the advisor suggested.
Anything else you'd like us to know about you or the book?
have two other books on my "back burner": a pre-school
counting and picture book, and a young adult non-fiction book about
water, food, clothing, and power supplies, working title Where Does It Come From? Where Does It Go?
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For weeks, Athens east-side residents and the Athens library staff heard crowing at all hours and would spot a lone rooster along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway or in area yards.
Believed to be homeless and dumped in the neighborhood, the Polish chicken had escaped various capture attempts.
associates Mia and Erin finally secured "Hei Hei"
(lovingly named by library staff after Moana's chicken
sidekick) through the use of a butterfly net on library grounds.
Relocated to a nearby farm, he now lives with a new flock of chickens and has much to crow about!
A concerned library visitor recently found a hummingbird in distress outside of our main branch in Nelsonille, exhausted and likely injured from flying into a window. They did what many of us would when we need help: they brought it to the library's front desk!
library associate Deborah offered the hummingbird a sugar
water mixture, it regained strength, flying through the building
before returning outside again after Deborah wisely encouraged it
to perch on a broom.
What animal kingdom adventure will our staff encounter next? Just stay tuned...
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