One of the best features of the Little Free Kidlit Library is the cool book cover roof. When the library opened in April of 2021, the roof was covered with 2 x 3 wood tiles that I had painted black and decoupaged with mini-versions of almost 100 covers of early reader, middle grade, and YA books. It was a lovely mix of some of my favorites, like Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and One Crazy Summer, and new releases (as of 2021) such as From the Desk of Zoe Washington and The Bridge Home. I detailed this process in a blog post last year.
It's been a wonderful first year for my Little Free Kidlit Library (Charter #106458)! We opened to the world in April 2021 and it has definitely made an impact in the community.
Local patrons have connected with the mission of the library, to provide diverse books for children by BIPOC creators, and word is spreading about our presence. The library was featured in Publisher's Weekly and the local newspaper, the Boston Compass.
I supply many of the books myself, but I've been thankful for the support of neighbors and other book lovers to provide enough books, including donations purchased at Frugal Bookstore in Nubian Square. Recently, my library was selected for a Read in Color book bundle grant from Little Free Libraries National in partnership with 826 Boston and Candlewick Press.
One thing that hasn't gone as well, the integrity of the beautiful book cover shingled roof that grabbed the attention of so many. You might notice that the library in the picture above looks a little different than last year. Snow, rain, wind, and cold did not treat the decoupaged shingles kindly at all.
So, I'm looking forward to sharing a new process post on the roof that I installed last month. It is full of new book covers (including my own!) and is just as colorful as the original, but weatherproof and durable enough to hold up to New England winters (finger crossed!).
Look for that post soon!
Release day is coming soon for A Comb of Wishes! I want to celebrate and thank readers who have already ordered my book with some pre-order goodies.
If you purchase the book before Tuesday, February 8, 2022, I'd like to send you a signed bookplate and an exclusive bookmark.
To receive these goodies, please fill out this Google Form and upload your proof of purchase. This campaign is for US addresses only. Thank you!
I’ve teamed up with my fellow #22Debuts author K. Tempest Bradford to share two webinars for writers, both pre- and post-published. We both feel strongly that authors should have a web presence, even a basic one. We’ll give you the tools to create and maintain a website and a social media presence even if you aren’t tech-savvy or trained in digital marketing.
Join us for
Build It Better: Essentials of an Author Website
with Lisa Stringfellow
Saturday, July 24, 2021, 1-3PM Eastern
What are the essential elements of a great author’s website? Whether you are pre-published or published, there are key elements everyone should include on their websites.
In this workshop, I'll share my experience as an author and technology instructor to discuss elements of good website design and how to establish a web presence that will help your readers connect with you. I'll discuss platforms and tools, branding, accessibility, and the nuts and bolts of building and updating your site. Learn how to make sure your author website has the essentials it needs to make an impact!
Spend Less Time Tweeting and More Time Writing: Social Media Strategies for Authors
with K. Tempest Bradford
Sunday, July 25, 2021, 1-3PM Eastern
Authors need to use social media for publicity, audience building, and community connection. And yet, social networks are undoubtedly time sinks, distractions, and can sometimes be bad for our mental health. All of which can eat into writing time.
Maintaining a balance between time on and off social media is important, especially for authors who want to lean more toward being OFF it. In this webinar, K. Tempest Bradford will offer tips for how to limit your time on social media without having to delete your account and how to set up a system of auto posting and scheduling that will allow you to maintain an appropriate presence without annoying your friends and followers.
It's Reveal Day! I can't wait to share the cover of A Comb of Wishes with everyone. It has been a long journey to this point but I'm excited that in a few months my book will be available to readers. Thank you to Mr. Schu for hosting the cover reveal on his website, Watch. Connect. Read.
Head over to read my interview with Mr. Schu about the book and get a first glimpse of the amazing cover by illustrator Michael Machira Mwangi and designer David Curtis.