Day Three

We drove south, past Fort Wayne, into the town of Huntington where we arrived early enough to pay a visit to the Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Museum, where there’s a fine exhibit of VP memorabilia all the way back to John Adams. Far more fascinating than I ever expected, it’s worth a visit for the whirlwind history lesson, including the origin of the term “Gerrymandering.” That’s where I picked up a copy of Dick Wolfsie’s “Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff” — the perfect travel companion for the next two weeks.

At Huntington Public Library, I was treated to lunch with the board members, and got my first taste of an Indiana favorite treat, Sugar Cream Pie. Yum, but oh what a sugar hit! I also heard a slightly naughtier origin story for the word Hoosier. “It’s because there was so much hanky panky here in the old days, you’d often hear the question: “Who’s yer Daddy?” (That was said to me in all seriousness.)

With Library Director Kathy Holst and Head of Adult Services Jan Carnes

With Library Director Kathy Holst and Head of Adult Services Jan Carnes

Another jam-packed event with 90+ people and over 100 books sold!

A quick drive brought me to Bluffton, where I met the Wells County Public Library staff for dinner,and then arrived at the library to find my name — literally — in lights.

The lit-up billboard at Wells County Public Library.

The lit-up billboard at Wells County Public Library.

Emily Marshall (Community Relations) and Director Stephanie Davis had the library decked out in “Bone Garden” theme, complete with a little garden decorated with bones, a bone hunt, and posters everywhere.

With Emily Marshall

With Emily Marshall

With Stephanie Davis

With Stephanie Davis

While waiting for the program to start, I also got to hang out with a pair of young readers who’d never met an author before:

With library fans Brittany and Alexa

With library fans Brittany and Alexa


Another amazing event — over 100 in the audience, and Barnes and Noble was there to sell books.

Bill and Susan from Barnes and Noble, Fort Wayne.

Bill and Susan from Barnes and Noble, Fort Wayne.

So now I’m unwinding with a glass of wine in my hotel room, resting up for a big day tomorrow — a visit to THREE libraries.

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