Well, I spent most of my eighth grade in the library escaping from Mrs. Hennessey's eighth grade class was sort of my favorite part of it.
The school systems had the school libraries open one day a week during the summer, and so we were able to drag our radio flyer wagon from home to the school rebuild our week's supply of books. That was wonderful.
When I got old enough to go to the by Copper Queen Library, Mrs. Howe, the librarian there, kept trying to keep me out of the adult section, because I had read all those other books. And she was very serious about... you could only check out two fiction and you had to take five non-fiction. Well, I was a fiction girl, so I carried all those books home, but I never read any of those.
Well, there were no bookstores in Bisbee Arizona, there were only libraries. The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Dana Girls, those were all the books where I started. And Zane Grey, of course.
When I was writing "Hour of the Hunter," the first Walker book, I had been away from the reservation for fifteen years. I was able to... I put in seventy interlibrary loans requests at the Newport Branch of the King County Library, and those seventy interlibrary loans really did form the basis for that book.
Libraries are places where people who are struggling can go to find respite. The ancient sacred charge of the storyteller is to beguile the time, and the time when you're laid off work and struggling is a time in need of bequiling.
Library books do that.
I'm working on next summer's Joanna Brady book. Not named yet. Haven't named the baby, but the baby will be named before I finish it.
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