Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sit. Stay. Read. Libraries.

By Melinda Langston, of the Pampered Pets Mysteries, by Sparkle Abbey

Hey y’all. It’s national library week and my cousin Caro and I couldn’t be more excited. We’re huge library addicts. Public libraries, private libraries, even the Little Free Library in your neighborhood where local residents can leave and take books. (I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve been known to borrow a children’s book and read it to my Bulldog, Missy. It’s a great way to bond and enjoy some cuddle time together.) 

Growing up my mama refused to buy me all the books I wanted. Probably because I wanted every book I stumbled across. When Grandma Tillie introduced Caro and me to the neighborhood library, we thought we’d hit the mother lode. There were shelves and shelves of books just waiting to be read. More books than we’d seen at one time. And the books were free!

Caro and I still treasure getting lost in a book. What gets us excited now is that today’s public libraries offer more than just paper books. You can find audio books, e-books, movies, computers, games, free wi-fi and community rooms. Libraries give so much to the community. Where else can you go and be surrounded by amazing stories, dreams, history, languages, travel, and knowledge?

What about you? What do you love about your library?

To celebrate National Library Week, Sparkle Abbey is drawing for the book of your choice in the Pampered Pets Mysteries, to be sent to your local public library. Leave a comment below with your library's name and email address and they will draw the winner tomorrow at 6 PM.

Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter, who write the national best-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. They are friends as well as neighbors so they often get together and plot ways to commit murder. (But don't tell the neighbors.) They love to hear from readers and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, their favorite social media sites. Also, if you want to make sure you get updates, sign up for their newsletter via the website.


  1. My library is the Wolcott Public Library. I hope they win.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. My library is Exeter Public Library, part of the Tulare County library system. Libraries have been a big part of my life, and that's why I wrote about the library of my childhood on my blog.

  3. My library, St. Paul Public Library in St. Paul, MN doesn't carry your books. :(
    That's sad and they need to. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

  4. My library is Gladbrook Public Library in Gladbrook, Iowa. The email is gldlib(at)windstream(dot)net. Thanks for all you do for us & our libraries.doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  5. How about my very favorite library...Red Land Library in York County, Pennsylvania. It is managed by my friend (the sister of my heart), Karen Hostetter. It is the community Center...children and adult programs, volunteers, and so on! Like all libraries, funding has been cut way back...even causing them to have to reduce hours. With all that said, any books donated helps out! I do hope they are chosen!

  6. I regularly visit the Newfane Public Library in Newfane NY. It is part of the NIOGA system - three counties that share books between all the libraries! cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com