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Local Authors in the Library spring series begins March 2

February 22 2024

AUBURN, Ala.- The Auburn Public Library will host a number of local authors on select Saturdays this spring. Each event is open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

Negrita Smart
Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.
Local children’s book author Negrita Smart will read from her debut book, “Grace and the Golden Rule,” at Family Story Time. Smart, a self-described small-town girl from Dadeville, Alabama, utilizes her talent for sharing knowledge and information as a new-hire trainer. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Clara J. Johns Literary Award recipient. Smart is driven to share life lessons with children through storytelling and relatable characters.

Dr. Sarah “Mimsy” Odom
Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.
Local children’s book author Dr. Sarah “Mimsy” Odom will read from her book, “Xantu Learns to Read,” at Family Story Time. Odom has written a series of children’s books using her grandson as her muse. She also writes devotional and journal motivational books. In addition to her writing, she is the president and chief executive officer for a student educational and motivational consulting company. Odom has a passion to work with students who have risk factors in their lives, and she seeks to level the field of success for all students.

Della Gardner
Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.
Nine-year-old local children’s book author Della Gardner will read from her debut book, “Cornflowers Life,” at Family Story Time. Della spends most of her free time writing books for kids like herself because she “likes to make people happy!” Gardner has been a regular library user since her first visit to Baby Story Time.