Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Libraries, etc.


From the “Today in History” site: http:

On November 14, 1732 the Library Company of Philadelphia signed a contract with its first librarian. Founded by Benjamin Franklin and friends in November 1731, the library enrolled members for a fee of 40 shillings but had to wait for its books to arrive from England before beginning full operation.

I am a great fan of libraries. The Franklin County Library is fantastic. (I lead the Franklin County Young Writers who meet there at 6:30 p.m. on third Mondays and I’m on the board for the Franklin County Book Festival that’s held at the FC library.)

I’ve participated in a couple of Bookfests held at the Roanoke Public Library and the Bedford Public Library. In fact, I’ll be attending the Bedford Bookfest this Sunday afternoon. A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will read, and fellow Virginia Writers Club member Howard Owen will discuss the sequel to his wonderful novel, Littlejohn.

FYI: The county where I live—Franklin County—is named in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

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