“How do I get an author or illustrator to visit my library?”—Susie Reyes/Santee, CA and Wynne Weiss/Sweetwater District, CA
Having an author or illustrator visit your library is an amazing experience. Readers who attend may become lifelong fans, circulation increases, and of course, it’s good for business as well. As you think about inviting a guest speaker, consider selecting debut authors or illustrators. Their schedule is just beginning to take off, and expenses may be cheaper. If you are a school library, contact your public library. Perhaps you can partner with them—and certainly cross-promote events. If your library is in a remote location, you may want to think about Skype visits. Many authors and illustrators will do short online visits for free or at a reduced rate. Here are some other ideas:
Both Wynne and Susie will receive Librarian stickers for their questions. Next month we will address: “I’ve got an author visit scheduled. Now what?”
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