Yes, the rumors are true!

Sometimes your press can be so good it’s (almost) embarrassing. Cough, cough!

Liz Coursen is coming!

Yes, the rumors are true – Liz Coursen is coming back to our Library District! She will be at the Headquarters library Saturday, July 22 at 10:30 am to present on Cats Playing Tennis, Dogs in Fancy Hats: Dressed Animals in the Golden Age of Postcards​ and at our Alachua branch library the same day at 2 to showcase Zoom, Zoom! A Postcard History of Trains, Planes, and Automobiles in Florida. For the burgeoning writers in our community, the ever-versatile Ms. Coursen will be at Millhopper branch library the next day, Sunday, July 23, from 2-4 pm, to go over writing basics and refresher tips for more experienced writers. You won’t want to miss a chance to see her “in action” – a good time should be had by all!

To learn more about Ms. Coursen, visit her website at Hope to see you there!

But, yes, it’s true, I am returning to the Alachua County Library District, which is, in my humble opinion, one of the very best library systems in the state. Talk about smart, engaged audiences! Talk about AV equipment that works! Talk about an enthusiastic staff! Talk about challenging Q&As! I have to be on my toes in Alachua, and they’re going to run me around this time around: three programs at three branches in two days. Yikes!

And, yes, it’s true that the last time I presented in Alachua we broke attendance records and people were actually turned away. Maybe that happens to speakers all the time, but not to me! It was a total thrill, with apologies to the people who didn’t get in.

But I do want to say that I owe Alachua. The county has—by far—the best-run Friends organization I’ve ever experienced, and I experience the Friends twice a year, when I travel up to the Friends sale and get books for homeless and needy people here in Sarasota. I’ve distributed 15,000 books so far, most from the Alachua Friends, and I am going strong. Thank you, Alachua County Library District Friends!