From: Much Ado About Muffin
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries
By: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
I am a librarian.
And I am in a wheelchair.
Those two things don't have a lot to do with each other. I'd like to think I'd be a librarian even if I was born with legs that worked and a body that does all I want. I've always loved to read, but maybe if things had been a little easier I would have become a teacher instead, because I love to engage with people, too. However... I'm fortunate that being a librarian is really about teaching anyway. It's about reaching out and imparting the love of reading and learning. As a librarian I visit classrooms and senior's homes with books and it gives me an outlet for that 'teacher' side of me.
I know a lot about books and I have a degree in library science to prove it. 😉 But working in my library every day, talking to and watching people, running the Autumn Vale library has giving me a degree in people watching. And what I've learned is, what a person reads will tell you more about their heart than the words that come out of their mouths. In our town I can point out the cynic who reads Chicken Soup for the Soul books; the old curmudgeon who likes tales of kids and baseball and the endless golden days of youth; the broken-hearted widow who reads tales of romance and dreams of love again. I see a different side of them through their book choices.
And then there is Isadore Openshaw. I know what people see when they look at her. She's difficult, moody, and sullen. She shuns contact with people. She doesn't want 'charity' and she doesn't take kindly to pitying looks. She reads voraciously, everything I have and in no particular order. It took me a while, but I got to understand why. Isadore is one of those who doesn't 'get' people. Reading is a way, for her, of trying to understand and interpret the world around her. I hope I help, because I make sure she has a safe place to come where she can feel accepted - every human needs acceptance - and useful. Every human needs that too, to be useful, or at least all the best ones do. Isadore does a lot of tasks for me and helps me shelve the heavier books and the top shelf books.
What I guess I'm saying is, in a cold and often cruel world, the library is a safe haven. Do you go to the library, and if so, is it mostly for the books, or do you use the other programs they offer?
Today, I'm giving away a copy of Much Ado About Muffin. If you wish to enter and already have the book, I'm open to replacing it with another of my books, if I happen to have a copy available!
Just follow these guidelines please:
Canadian and US entries only, please!
Enter by Midnight, Monday, January 23rd.
Include your first name in your comment/entry.
Give me a valid email address is whatever form you wish eg: yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com
Book 6 of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, Leave It To Cleaver, late spring 2017!
Book 5 of the Merry Muffin Mysteries, Muffin To Fear, summer of 2017!