Finding Two Keepers in One Swoop

I’m singing the lonSCBWI TEAM BLOGesome “Everybody’s Going to The SCBWI Conference in LA But Me” blues this week. Still, I was trying to suck it up and think happy thoughts for next year. I remembered that I wanted to share this cool tool for finding books in libraries.

It’s called Worldcat and it’s so amazing, I could play around with it all day. Here’s how it works: You go to this splendiferous site, type in the title of the book you’re looking for, include your zip code, and bingo! All of the libraries holding this book in your vicinity and beyond will appear.

So, if you’re looking for an unusual, new, or maybe even your own book,  the libraries pop up on the screen. Wouldn’t you like to know all the libraries that are carrying your brand new book? I know I’d be checking Worldcat. Probably every day.

Like I said, I was trying to think happy thoughts. And I also remembered that a fellow Southern Breezer (Hey, Mary Ann Rodman!) passed along the Worldcat site, I think, on a new blog called “Teaching Authors.” Six children’s authors, who also happen to teach, alternately share the posts, and honestly, they pack a lot of information in one blog!

So, when I checked it out today, just to see how the gang was getting along, I noticed that Esther wrote how she was LA bound for the SCBWI Conference.

See what I mean? Everybody‘s going but me. But then I read the entire post and cheered up. Because all sorts of folks will be blogging from LA and I can join the fun, if only virtually, by going to the Official SCBWI Conference Blog.

Now I’m singing a happy little ditty. Hum along with me to “Thanks, Esther, I’d still be cryin’ if I hadn’t checked the Teaching Authors blog today!”

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