February 2, 2022

Young Author Secretly Adds First Book to Library

By admin

When authors and wanna-be authors sit around to talk one of the topics is how to get published. Another is how to get your local library to take your book into their collection.

Apparently this problem knows no age limitation: some of my friends pondering this are 80 year old grand parents . . . and then there’s 8 year old Dillon Helbig. Dillon has wanted to have book he wrote on the library shelf for almost half his lifetime. Since he was 5.

This year he did something about that.

He wrote (and illustrated) a book titled “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig’s Crismis”. He did this in an empty journal his grandmother gave him. Then he put it on the shelf at the library.

By Jisha Joseph
February 1, 2022

It’s a story with a happy ending – the library found the book, read it and decided it met all the criteria they had for being part of the collection. So they gave it a barcode and officially added it.

It has been popular – there is a 55 person wait list to take it out. In the years I’ve worked at our library I’ve never seen a books with that many holds. You can read more about that here.

I hear he’s working on a sequel . . .