By: Hannah Moore
Title: Muffin to Fear
From: Merry Muffin Mysteries
By: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
My name is Hannah Moore. For those who don't know, I am wheelchair bound, and always have been. Living in a small town (Autumn Vale, NY) there weren't many resources available to a kid in a wheelchair. I did attend school some of my youth, but I was homeschooled mostly. I had a few friends, and my Mom made sure they visited often, and we did crafts and other fun stuff together.
But still... did I envy the other kids, who could run and play and most of all, go to school together? Sure I did. My parents have always done the best they could, but they couldn't give me legs that worked.
However, they could - and did - give me books. There was no library in Autumn Vale back then, but my Mom and Dad took me to book fairs, second hand book stores, garage sales, and church sales... the ones that were wheelchair accessible, anyway. I had a vast collection by the time I was ten or twelve. My Dad always had time to build me more bookcases.
Then one day I thought, why can't Autumn Vale have a library? I did research, I applied for grants, I hit up local businesses for donations, I asked a local property owner to donate space, and... I've done it! From being a shy booknerd afraid to talk to anyone, building a library has transformed me into someone who can speak to anyone about anything. I have my degree, I'm working on an advanced degree and... I'm doing it all for the love of libraries!
Some may think the Autumn Vale Community Library is dingy; it's tucked away in a place on a sidestreet and the windows are high up. But... my personal philosophy is that a library should never be too grand, or too bright, or too modern. It should be a little shabby and have some dark corners. It should welcome all who feel that there is no place for them. (Like our local eccentric, my friend Isadore) There is a place for everybody in our library.
And that leads me to say... there are many kinds of libraries, in hospitals and senior centers, nursing homes and coffee shops. There are little libraries on folks' front lawns. There are libraries all around us. People love them so much last week was National Library Week!!
So... what libraries do YOU use? Or... tell me your library memories!
GOOD NEWS!!!The Merry Muffin Mysteries WILL be back in 2019! I have just signed to write three more, starting with Muffin But Trouble in 2019. More news to come! Sign up for my newsletter at VictoriaHamiltonMysteries dot com!
And now... a Library Giveaway!!
Please, in the comments, tell me what library you'd like the books for, and why they could use them. Leave me your name and an email where I can reach you (yourname at yourserver dot com) and enter by Midnight, April 23rd!! Canada and the US only, please!