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Libraries can be so much more than a building where people check out books. They can be centers for learning of all kinds as well as places for community growth. Thanks to the dedication and creativity of many staff members, the Headquarters Library is an incredible addition to the city, hosting cultural and educational events year round. 

One of the many programs that the library offers is a Local Author Showcase. The library invites local authors and citizens to come together to learn from each other at this entertaining and  engaging event. The next Local Author Showcase is set for June 26.

The Showcase has been happening
for years, and according to Erika Earp, the Information Services Manager at
the Headquarters Library, it has grown over time.

“Last year we had 40 authors participate.” she said. Despite this success, there are some challenges in organizing this event. “My biggest challenge has been finding enough staff members to volunteer to help out, which, really, is not a bad challenge to have,” Earp explains. 

For those who have never been to a past Local Author Showcase, Earp advises, “Expect a wide variety of books. Also expect authors who are really happy to talk to people about what they do and what their experiences have been with getting books published.” 

This event does double duty in supporting the growth of the community, which is a primary focus of the event. 

“It’s important to support the community and the people who live here. Coming to the showcase and talking to the authors is a good way to support them, even if you don’t buy one of their books,” she explains. 

It provides aspiring authors and amateur writers with an opportunity to meet and seek advice from published authors and it provides a platform for local authors to share their works with a wider audience. Additionally, for people who have read and enjoyed the works of these authors, they have the opportunity to talk to the writers. 

“I think it gives people an understanding of where the authors were coming from when they wrote their works,” Earp said 

It may seem intimidating to meet a successful published author, but it is important to remember that these are local people excited to share their ideas and success with the community. According to Earp there is absolutely no reason to be nervous about meeting and talking with these local treasures, in fact it is her favorite part of the event. 

“I really like meeting all the different authors. They’re all very nice and fun to talk to,” she says. 

The Local Author Showcase is on June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Headquarters Library. The Headquarters Library is located at 300 Maiden Lane. Books are for sale and Earp reminds attendees that, “If you plan on buying books, please bring cash; not everyone will have the ability to accept plastic.” 

For more information visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us/ccplsite/content/author-visits-2015 or call 910-483-7727. 


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