The Cardington-Lincoln Public Library celebrated national Library Week with Edgar Award-winning local author, Mindy McGinnis. The Mingle with Mindy event on April 8 was an opportunity for guests to purchase signed copies of the Cardington resident's eighth book. "Heroine" is a compassionate, compelling, and terrifying story about a high school softball player's addiction to opioids. This cautionary tale is a young adult fiction work that will help readers undertand how heroin can infiltrate event the most promising lives. (Kirkus Starred Review)
Mindy shared with the audience how she developed her idea for the book. She knew she wanted to write about the opioid crisis but needed a storyline before her creative juices could flow. That came while cheering on the Cardington Pirate's girls' softball team during tournament play last year. It was a natural merging of ideas that resulted in a positively captivating story but only after several months of grinding research into the unfamiliar territory of drug use and addiction. Being an athlete herself, that part of writing the story was easy for mindy and her fans are loving the end result.
Mindy's visit to her hometown library came during National Library Week 2019 observed April 7-13. With the theme "Libraries = Strong Communities", National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year marks the 61st year for the annual celebration originally based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, tey would support and use libraries. Today, libraries offer much more than books to read. Americans learn life skills, find jobs, use technology, connect with government reasources and takeadvantage of meeting space in libraries across the nation.