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April 19, 2019

3/4/2019 2:36:00 PM
Librarians at Palestine come out with their own book
Books are in the making, not only the reading, at Palestine Public Library.

The newest book published through the library was produced by the librarians themselves. Children's Librarian Jessica Spinner and Director Laurel Adams have self-published a "how to" book based on their weekly program "Li'l Ones Story Hour with Jessica."

The book, self-published with Kindle Direct Publishing, is now available for purchase on Amazon.

The year-long guide takes readers through easy-to-read weekly book selections for preschoolers and a correlating craft. Some highlights are an "April Fool's Burger" made out of cookies to go with the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff for the first week in April. Or, how to make lightning bugs made out of plastic Easter eggs that light after reading the book Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman. Li'l Ones with Jessica is the first book authored by the two and they plan to do it again.

"This took many months of work with Laurel and wouldn't have been possible if not for dedicated parents and grandparents who bring kids every week for story hour," Spinner said. "Not only do they listen to a story, do a craft, have a snack, they also learn how to check out books and learn how the library works. It was a lot of fun compiling all of this into a book, and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we loved doing it!"

Adams has taught several patrons how to use the free Amazon publishing service. Self-publishing was first introduced to her by Gary D. Van Winkle, DVM, who wrote Tales of a Critterdoc. Soon afterward Cheyenne Bennett published her book entitled 'When the Bottom Falls Out and Defective and encouraged the process.

Eli Jones, a volunteer at the library, tried the service to self-publish his artwork. Barb Fritchie also has benefitted and has gone on to publish seven titles. Archie and All in the Family are both penned by Hazel Fritchie, who was a Daily News columnist. Fritchie also published World War II memoirs entitled My Military Time: by Marlin C. Correll.

Palestine Library played host to writing workshops last December that were provided by the Leo Herning Grant and coordinated with Lincoln Trail College, which were a success. The workshops seasoned published authors as well as patrons new to the idea.

Aaron White taught about tools and motivations to help writers and also touched on the publishing process. The writers still meet to encourage one another.

Palestine Public Library seeks to support not only readers but writers. Their motto is "Helping Crawford County Grow!"

"Amazon has created a platform that is changing the publishing world," Adams said. "Authors get the lion's share for their work, which is putting pressure on the publishing houses - it will be interesting how this plays out."

If you would like more information about this topic, contact Adams at 618-586-5317 or email at, or visit the library website at

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