Libraries have been an important part of my life for a long while. I remember getting my own card – back when they were still stamped – and realizing the freedom of being able to borrow anything I wanted… until my Mom said maybe put back that Stephen King, since I was, you know, seven years old.
Parental rebuffs aside, going to the library was always a treat. I was a farm kid, and we made a trip into town once a week, the library always being a stop. We’d ride back home, my sister and I in the backseat, organizing our books according to what we would read first, flipping pages past our nose to pull in the smell, and checking out each other’s choices.
I grew up to work in a library – for the past fifteen years, in fact – at the Cardington-Lincoln Public Library. I recently was able to quit my day job and support myself fully as a writer, but I still return to the school library, where I volunteer once a week. I’ve been walking into libraries since I was a kid… I’m finding it hard to leave.
Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. Her books include Not a Drop to DrinkIn a Handful of DustA Madness So DiscreetThe Female of the SpeciesGiven to the Sea, and This Darkness MineHer audio and eBook titles are also available on Hoopla and Overdrive. She runs a blog for aspiring writers at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. 
She is currently reading The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland.
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