Friday, May 4, 2012

Author Visits

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?


  1. That sounds wonderful.My name is Ronald Destra and I am an inspiring Children's book author,Hoppy the Frog.I would love to host an author visits at our local

  2. I did book tours in So. MD in April. It was wonderful to connect with libraries who have invited me back to do a book visit at the children's library in 2013.

    I will be traveling to MA and Upper State New York in July and August 2012. I hope to connect to libraries to offer the same opportunity.

  3. Schools and libraries in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have a unique opportunity THIS October, 2012-- the return of much loved author-illustrator DAVID MCPHAIL to program visits. Contact for details.

  4. It is a great idea to follow; it gives an opportunity to the reader to interact with the writer and vice-versa. At the same time, it is also good for library, school and colleges from an eye of marketing. As far as my views are concerned it should be a short but qualitative communication between readers and writers and also one writer at a time is correct method for a visit.

    The Creep eBook