by Deb Zimmerman, NBPL
Author, Michelle Houts, visited the North Baltimore Public Library on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 pm in the Wolfe Community Room.
“Take Me Out to the Library” was the theme, as Michelle began her evening with a dinner catered by Crossroads Cafe of North Baltimore. Joining her were students Tara Andrus and Casey Mowery, winners of the “Ask a Question of the Author” contest and their teachers, Ms. Bugner and Mrs. Detamore. Each student won an autographed copy of a Houts book to keep and one for their class. Also present were members of the “Bookchatters” book club, Connie Phillips-NBPL director, and Beth Smalley-assistant to Ms. Houts.
Following dinner, Ms. Houts presented information on her early writing career and researching for her recently published book, Kammie on First: Baseball’s Dottie Kamenshek. One highlight of the evening was watching a video clip of the real life players of the baseball movie, A League of Their Own. After a short Q & A, guests were invited to a book sale and autograph session.
Ms. Houts was a fantastic presenter who was able to engage and inspire children of all ages to write down interesting ideas. Even if that means using your best friends as characters… even if the characters are animals! Remember there’s no time like the present, and as Tom Hanks said in the movie, “There’s no crying in baseball!”