Summer Reading Travels – Jackson-George Regional Libraries (Lucedale & East Central), Monday, July 6, 2009


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7-6-09 Dianne performing with kids from the audience at the Lucedale Library

7-6-09 Dianne performing with kids from the audience at the Lucedale Library

Friends:

Today, Eliana and I began our tour in the Jackson-George Regional Libraries in Mississippi. We met Mary Ann Louviere, our gracious hostess and the children’s services coordinator for the region at a park and ride off I-10 and followed her to our first library in Lucedale. The audience was so much fun! We had a big crowd of enthusiastic children. After going through two microphones, the third one was a charm. Even when your microphones go out in the middle of the show, the show must go on, and it did!

Afterwards, the kids lined up for autographs and book signings. Here I am, signing a gigantic poster that the library designed and gave away as a prize. It was designed by Rex Bridges, the library system’s PR coordinator. Thank you for making me look so good, Rex!

7-6-09 Signing a giant poster for a fan

7-6-09 Signing a giant poster for a fan

One little boy told me that I was “prettier in person” while another boy told me I was “prettier than a rose.” How sweet is that? Here I am with those little “Romeos!” Thank you, boys! I <3 U!

7-6-09 Dianne with her Lucedale "boyfans." LOL

7-6-09 Dianne with her Lucedale "boyfans." LOL

After lunch with Mary Ann at Pockets Diner (a restaurant and pool hall with the best burgers), we headed to East Central Library. The crowd was smaller but nonetheless enthusiastic and fun.

7-6-09 Going low with "How loose is your goose?"

7-6-09 Going low with "How loose is your goose?"

They loved The Cajun Cornbread Boy! Between the two shows, I am nearly sold out of books! I have five left for the rest of the week!

7-6-09 Dianne showing The Cajun Cornbread Boy to audience at East C

7-6-09 Dianne showing The Cajun Cornbread Boy to audience at East C

Afterwards, we stayed for some fun. Eliana joined the teens for an end-of-summer karaoke party. She sang and even joined the group in a rendition of High School Musical’s “We’re All In This Together!”

Eliana sings with teens at end of summer karaoke party at East Central

Eliana sings with teens at end of summer karaoke party at East Central

Special thanks to Cindy and Micki for your gracious hospitality! Thank you, Mary Ann, for inviting me to the Jackson-George Regional Libraries. We are loving our visit and look forward to the rest of our week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne