Almost a month ago, Nate and I strolled into the town of South Lake Tahoe, California, to do some mountain biking on the intricate trail system that the city is famous for in the summer time. In typical Nate and Kate fashion, we had NO idea where we were going to park The Monster and time was running out that first night.
On the main drag through town, Lake Tahoe Boulevard, there are umpteen number of signs for camping, cabins, and lake houses. All of these Nate and I know too well – must have reservations.
So, imagine my surprise when we saw a small sign that said “Library Rec Center Campground” amidst all of these other signs where we knew we’d be turned away. We thought we would give it a shot – I mean, what kind of campground has a public library right next to it? ONLY THE COOLEST ONE ON THE PLANET!!!
Campground-By-The-Lake is everything it’s name implies. Steps from the south shore of Lake Tahoe, it is a rustic campground complete with bathrooms (yay for the showers; wear flip-flops, though!), wonderful hosts (Yay for Walt, Teri, Rich, and Roxie!), and a LOT of pine trees. In fact, there are so many pine trees that this park is largely shaded from the main drag which borders its western edge – this is a GREAT thing when you are a last-minute travelers like us.
Not only were we able to find a spot to park in for the night when we first strolled into town, we ended up staying for close to 2 weeks because there was space for us.
Now, back to that library – it was JUST OVER THE FENCE! Nate and I ended up popping over there many a day to get some work done and as such, I started to get to know the librarian. Finally I got the nerve to ask her if I could do an abbreviated author event in exchange for the chance to sell my book and grow confidence in this type of venue.
She jumped at the chance! And though we had to present my situation to the final board of decision makers, the Friends of the Library Association, I was quickly on my way to visiting the fabulous library in a capacity where I could give back.
One week later, 20 books in hand, plus bookmarks, coloring pages, and stickers and I set up shop to give a wonderfully intimate presentation to 7 kids and 5 parents about how taking just one day off from brushing can start a plaque plague of enormous size and lay the groundwork for Cavity Creatures of all sizes to invade Tongue Town and the Molar Mountains.
I never thought this day would come. Honestly. When you self-publish your own books, and a children’s book to boot, you are also in charge of self-promoting, self-marketing, and self-motivating yourself. Hah! That can be scary. Now I know it is possible and one just has to A-S-K to G-E-T and get I did –a wonderful new relationship with an amazing librarian in one of the most beautiful towns on earth. Make sure to stop by and when you are there, check out “The Invasion of the Cavity Creatures”, literally!