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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

#TuesdayTreasures with DiAnn Mills

Good Morning Friends,

Last summer Multi-Published, Award-Winning author DiAnn Mills shared some thoughts with us. Today she returns to our blog to share something she treasures and a brand new book!

February is National Library Month

I’ve always loved libraries. From the time I was a little girl, the excitement of stepping into a room with shelves and shelves of books ranked at the top of my source of entertainment. I was a shy and overweight child, and books were my closest companions. When I finished selecting what I wanted to read, the stack was usually taller than me. Those books took me to real places all around the world and infused the love of story. Every new page was an adventure. Perhaps that’s where the seed took root for my tagline, “Expect an Adventure.”

Here I discovered Little Women, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and so many other books. And yes, love of story inspired me to write. But it all began with the awe of exploring the world of reading. My first trip to a library was in my hometown, Bucyrus, Ohio. http://www.youseemore.com/bucyrus/default.asp The library is how I remembered it with so much more!

Over the years, our libraries have added music, movies, books on tape, and educational media for all ages. Many have entered the digital age. Computers are free to the public, and students of all ages can use the library’s resources. Our treasured books, old and new, are available in most libraries for e-readers.

Libraries are the core of a community. The doors are open to families from all cultures and backgrounds. These are meeting places for organizations and educational opportunities and events.

Oh, yes, we still must be quiet so others can concentrate. At one time, my husband and I were church librarians. My role was to process new books. Many were written by dear friends, and I couldn’t wait to recommend them.

Are you a patron of a local library? If not, now is the time for you to enjoy, explore, educate, and entertain the value of the written word.

Take the time to thank a librarian. They love books just like we do.

How do you show your librarian appreciation?

Libraries are definitely something to treasure, DiAnn. Thanks for sharing!

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She
combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/diannmills, Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannmills or any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.

Readers can read about DiAnn's latest release, High Treason, view a trailer, find resources for their book club, and even take a test to see if they are a true heroine. https://diannmills.com/books/high-treason/

Wow...Thank you so much DiAnn for joining us today. We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with your new book!

Well Friends, I hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll drop by weekly for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time take care and God bless.


Ruthette said...

Yes! Libraries all the way.

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA said...

Thank you for this heart-warming post, DiAnn and Pamela! Yes, heart-warming, because I, too, was a regular visitor to my local library as a child. And I, too, would take home stacks of books that took me to distant places. Your post brought back fond memories of my weekly trips to the library, the smell of the stacks, the excitement of the librarian who helped me choose books.

Later, as a parent, I introduced my own children to our local library. And now I have the joy of watching my daughter take weekly trips to her local library with my five grandchildren.

The gift of reading goes on--as long as we do our part to pass it on!


MaryAnn Diorio, Author

DiAnn said...

Thank you, Ruthette! Libraries bring us closer to the world - past, present, and future. I appreciate your comment!

DiAnn said...

MaryAnn, Love taking my grandchildren to the library too. What a way to explore and see things we may never have a chance to experience.

Emily Conrad said...

I still remember the libraries of my childhood, too! So grateful our church has a wonderful library and a dedicated librarian.

DiAnn said...

Emily, I remember working the church library. Loved it! Thanks for commenting.

Zoe M. McCarthy said...

At our last church before we moved, with help from my husband and an amateur carpenter, I moved our pathetic library in a hole in the wall to a large room and created a real library down to refinishing the hardwood floors and introducing our members to Christian fiction. It was consecrated and name The Josiah Library.

Alina K. Field said...

I love libraries also! Lovely post today.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Libraries are a central part of any community. We writers need their support just as we need theirs.

marilyn leach said...

DiAnn, I appreciate libraries as well and I so enjoyed your article. I lived in a large city as a child, and I had to take the public bus to the neighborhood library. I loved gathering books to enrich my world. When a young teen, a Bookmobile came to the elementary school near my home during summers. I could walk to that one! I'll never forget the contribution public libraries made in my life and across our culture in general. Cheers

DiAnn said...

Zoe, I love what you did to build your church's library - an appropriate name!

DiAnn said...

Hi Alina, thanks for your kind words!

DiAnn said...

Jacqueline, We writers are lost without libraries! Thanks for your comments.

DiAnn said...

Marilyn, your endorsement for libraries is one every librarian needs to have. Patrons of all ages have worlds to discover in libraries. Thank you!

Kara O'Neal said...

Libraries are my home away from home. They are underappreciated and underutilized. It's sad. But, that's why we must keep going and keep supporting them! I love getting as many books as possible, and I, too, grew up on Little Women and Nancy Drew! Thank you for the post and good luck to you!

Connie Bretes said...

I love having a library nearby. I use it a lot for research in my WIPs. I also believe it's the best place in the world for children to be and visit. In the small library we have in Boulder Montana, half the building is dedicated to books for children.

DiAnn said...

Kara, thank you for your comments. What does the future hold for our treasured libraries? An interesting thought.

DiAnn said...

Connie, our children are our most treasured gifts. Let's keep their little minds exploring. Thanks!

فروشگاه اینترنتی said...

our children are our most..half the building is dedicated to books for children..goodluck
thanks alot

Alicia Dean said...

I did not know this was national library month, but i LOVE libraries. I don't spend as much time in them as I would like, but I plan to start. I just love the atmosphere, the smell, the sounds, or lack thereof. :) Best wishes!