Lois Leveen

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October 17, 2012

Writing in Library Books

It's wrong to write in library books.

But what if you WROTE the library book?

Last June, when I spoke at the American Library Association annual conference, I autographed a lot of books. Some librarians asked me to write something special for their library patrons. So I thought, why don't I autograph the copies of my book in my local library?

Library Book

As you know if you read the acknowledgments in the novel, I love the Multnomah County Library--it's actual considered the best pubic library system in the country. So I decided to do a secret project (though I discussed it with some librarian friends first). I'm going to try to track down EVERY copy of the book in the library system, and sign them all. The trick is, there are lots of people reading the library copies.

So I put a hold on the book. Months ago. And just got a copy today. I'll sign it, and bring it right back to the library. And the I'll put another hold, and hope I get a different copy. I'll keep doing it, until I sign 'em all. Which is a bit tricky, because the library "retires" copies as they circulate. So who knows how long it will take. I'll keep you (blog) posted.
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