While listening to Victoria's part of the talk and presentation, I was so pleased to hear how much early trips to the library had affected her life and made her the prolific reader she has always been. As a young mother, books were often what got me through difficult days, especially when our large Victorian semi at that time had dry rot on three floors! I've always loved escaping inside the pages of a story since my own youth.
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It was this love of reading that encouraged us both to write and no mother could have been more touched to hear how my writing and a house full of books had inspired my daughter to write her own stories from a young age - complete with her own illustrations! It struck us both how much poorer many people's lives would have been without a local library and it's good to see so many still around and being used.
Of course computers are a valuable addition for many, but the librarian mentioned that three of the Inverclyde libraries have a book group each week. What an encouragement to readers, and writers. The library I spoke at last year also had a writing group and when a couple of them attended my talk they then asked me to go and speak at their group. Long may libraries and events like Book Week Scotland continue to encourage a love of reading.
And talking of books, I'm delighted that my latest novel, Return to Kilcraig, is included in this Holiday Gift Guide from Mrs. N.N.Light - with books for all ages.