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“There’s no ads, no solicitation. It’s totally free.”

Meanwhile, as Kaminski concluded her Nittany Lion hiccup story, she showed the children her other four books about the mascot. “Wow,” one little girl said. “You wrote all those books?”

In the room with Jones, after the children looked past her pretty crown and sash, they, too, were impressed that she got an idea and wrote a book. The Line Leader, her second published work, is about encouraging young children to show initiative and leadership. Jones, a business student at King’s College, co-authored The Line Leader with Dr. Matt Sowcik, a professor in leadership education at the University of Florida.

Not only were the kids in attendance inspired to write, or at least read books, they were further encouraged by artist Shanley, who had them each draw a picture to illustrate an idea. While Shanley’s two illustrated books, Medieval Quest and Mystical Quest are geared toward middle schoolers, the young children still were impressed with the artwork and the process of illustrating a story, which she explained in simple terms.

Boosted with enthusiasm for reading, many of the children ended the night by stopping to see representatives of the Kirby Library, who had an information table which helped spread the word about children’s library events and about joining the library.