When I moved to St. Louis in 2008, it took me approximately 5 hours to work out that my local library branch was beyond awesome. I know, I like adjectives (and superlatives), but when it comes to the library system, it’s justified. Don’t believe me? Well, when St. Louis was named the 8th most literate city in the USA last month, it was largely on the basis of the library system, which ranked second best in the country.
Of the many terrific programs the St. Louis Public Library (and the St. Louis County Library) runs, perhaps the finest is the Read St. Louis program. It selects a book for six different literary categories and encourages the card holders of the library systems (800,000 of us, for those counting) to read and discuss the titles with the authors themselves. To my great delight, THOU SHALT NOT ROAD TRIP has been selected as the teen title for Read St. Louis 2012.
Best of all, my first event will be on launch day itself, Thursday April 12th at 7PM, at the Schlafly Branch (225 N. Euclid Ave.) of St. Louis Public Library. Please mark your calendar and pop along if you can. It’ll be a ton of fun, and I’ll be donating money to local charities for each books signed!