Support your local library

Support Your Local Library by CK Van Dam

Libraries are more than a place to check out a book or access free internet service. Libraries have expanded their services to meet the needs of today’s audiences.

September is National Literacy Month

During National Literacy Month, I’d like to thank the teachers and mentors dedicated to helping children and adults learn to read. Reading has always been one of my “favorite things.” As a child, my mother and father would read to my sister and me before bedtime. While my mother “stuck to the script,” my father would […]

Support independent bookstores

Even though Amazon sells 80 percent of all books sold in the US today, there’s something cozy about bookstores that Amazon can’t match. When you walk into an independent bookstore, you’re presented with tight aisles and shelves packed with books of all sizes, colors and topics. You can smell of the paper and (sometimes) leather covers. And […]

A conversation with readers

Part of publishing a book is going out and talking about the book. That’s where I am in my “publishing journey” as I refer to it. I must confess that I prefer to write words on paper than speak words to groups of people. So, I ask the audience if we can have a conversation about the […]