By Amy Doeun
East Central Regional Library is offering a new program to support its local writers.
On Sept. 28, Sarah Hawkins, resource librarian for the system, spoke with a group of gathered authors and community members at the Rush City Library. Donna Larson, Rush City Librarian, welcomed everyone, saying the evening had several focuses.
“First, we want you to know of authors in the area,” shes said. “She added that she hoped there would one day be a local authors group. Second, the event was to “highlight a new program through the library association and introduce us to this wonderful program,” Larson said.
Amy Anderson lives in Rock Creek.
“I have lived here all my life,” she said. She has a full time job, a part time job and four children, two of which are grown and out of the house. She has busy life. But she loves to write “when inspiration strikes.”
“I have sticky notes all over. … I have probably 32 ideas for books, nine of which I have fleshed out into concrete ideas,” she said.
She had one book she was almost ready to finish with a final draft when her characters “started jammering” at her. She knew she needed to change something. So she is still working on that one.
Dale Kurzel was a pharmacist for 48 years. When he retired and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease he realized that some of the medicines he was on increased his left brain (artistic) function.
“My wife suggested I start writing,” he said. So he did. “I started writing observations and memories.” He self published several books using local printing houses like Rush Printing in Rush City. He also started reading a lot. “I wish I could make notes for myself, but I can’t read my writing,” he said. So all of his writing is done at the computer.
Amy Doeun also spoke about her work as an author and writer.
Then Sarah Hawkins talked about a new service through the library called press books, which gives authors and aspiring authors tools to create professional looking ebooks. Hawkins said the inspiration was the local authors.
“What are the needs of the local authors?” she said. “We want to promote experimentation and collaboration.”
So mlpp.pressbooks.pub (it can also be reached through the library website) began as “an experiment and pilot project,” Larson said. “We want your feedback.”
Hawkins walked through the steps to setting up a profile and adding information.
“We are counting on all of you to publish things in here so people will have things to read,” Hawkins said.