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Noah Webster Library Holds Second Annual Authors Expo

Noah Webster Library, West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford’s Noah Webster Library celebrated local writers at the second annual Authors Shelf Expo on June 27.

Noah Webster Library, West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Noah Webster Library, West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Katie Cavanaugh

Last Saturday, the Noah Webster Library hosted its second annual Author’s Shelf Expo.

According to Library Specialist Ben Woodard, the three-hour event was a success, giving local authors who participate in the Authors Shelf program a chance to present their work to the community.

“Five local authors participated in the event. They each set up tables on the first floor of the library, where they sold books and talked to interested patrons about their titles,” said Woodard. “They also read excerpts from their books in the library’s meeting room.”

The Authors Shelf was established in 2014 as a way to support West Hartford’s local authors. It contains recent works written authors who are currently residing in West Hartford who have added a copy of their books for circulation.

The five participating authors included mystery writer Ed Ifkovic (Edna Ferber Mysteries), short story writer Taryn Renay (Grow Up), memoirist Bernice C. Schaefer (All That and so Much More), and non-fiction scribes Linda Campanella (When All That’s Left of Me Is Love), and Sue Torres (Loyalty Unleashed: Pit Bulls and the People Who Love Them).

Woodard said the day was a success, and he appreciates the community’s involvement with the event.

“Community interaction is so important for the library. The more we’re able to directly engage and involve our patrons in events like these, the better we are as a community base,” said Woodard. “As libraries evolve, we’re becoming more and more a place for the public to gather for events.”

The Noah Webster Library is located at 20 South Main Street in West Hartford. For more information, visit westhartfordlibrary.org or call 860-561-6974.

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