Thanks to the librarians at West Virginia’s Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library who kept these finches — along with lots of stray birdseed — on their circulation desk to promote my visit and Canary in the Coal Mine. Apparently they’ve had a lot of animals visit the library, including a horse. We just missed the ducks. Loved this place — full of movement, full of life, and full of readers.
I was speaking in Martinsburg to help promote the Library of Congress‘s “A Book That Shaped Me” essay contest, which is something you should enter if you’re a rising fifth or sixth grader in Washington, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware or West Virginia. You have until the 12th. Now go!