A little AViD history

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If you're a reader, there's a good chance you've been to the Des Moines Public Library for one of our Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) events. The name says it all -- the goal of AViD is to celebrate authors, books and the joy of reading by bringing authors to Des Moines. The program started in 2001 with three authors who all visited in one week (which happened to coincide with National Library Week). The following year, AViD featured five authors, and now, in its 14th year, the program will showcase 11 authors. Since it began, AViD has hosted more than 100 authors, including Janet Evanovich, Mitch Albom, Anne Lamott and Bill Bryson.

One of my favorite things about AViD is the variety of authors it brings to the area. Mystery, young adult, nonfiction, general fiction and more -- there really is something for everyone. Even if it's not your all-time favorite author, there's a good chance you've read something from each year's AViD author. Last year, I was excited to attend the event for Mary Jane Clark and hear more about her Wedding Cake mystery series (which I was working my way through at the time).

And, if you missed an author from a few years ago, you can go to the library's website to find links to YouTube videos of some of the events, or you can check out a DVD from the library of AViD events from a previous year. One of my favorites was Rainbow Rowell from 2011. I just recently read a couple of her books, so I went back and watched her AViD event on YouTube. I really enjoyed it and was so glad I had the chance to see it, three years later. Fun fact: The characters in her book Attachments all have a first or last name of a town in Nebraska.

Another favorite thing about AViD -- it's free! The Des Moines Public Library Foundation helps fund AViD, along with help from many generous donors throughout the city and state. All so that we can enjoy learning more about great books and great people.

So tell me, what was your favorite AViD event? What AViD program are you most excited for this year? Is there an author you'd like to see in Des Moines? (Those are decisions beyond me, but it's still fun to talk about!)

Head to any of the Des Moines Public Library locations or go to http://dmpl.org/events-news/avid to learn more about this year's AViD events.

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