How many libraries have hosted author visits for their communities? An author visit is such an excellent way to get your users engaged in the library and to explore the breadth of an author’s work.
My library recently hosted author Adam Selzer,
who is a terrific person to bring in because he’s very prolific and
he’s written a wide range of books--from middle grade to adult
nonfiction--that have wide appeal. When I booktalked his books to a
bunch of fifth graders, the most popular title was actually his
nonfiction book about ghostbusting, titled Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps. The kids were really excited to tell me their own ghostly experiences and it generated a great conversation.
A lot of authors will do on site visits with varying costs, and even more authors will do Skype visits for free.
Have you ever brought an author to your library? How did it go?