A free read?

My wife was a Library Director. My daughter’s early years were spent playing among the stacks. I love libraries. I love searching through and downloading ebooks from the Philadelphia Free Library from my couch.

So to my enthusiastic ski message board friends who want to read any of my books for free, I encourage you to visit your local library. If they don’t have my books, then by all means fill out a patron request form. Please be nice if they don’t have money in the budget – our local library is almost exclusively funded by donations and NOT tax dollars. Please make the request in person and not via the phone or email. Directors are busy people, often doing the work of two or three. Like my wife, they tend to get grouchy when they feel spammed. So take them chocolate. Offer them the remainder of your Starbucks gift card. Smile. Say please, ma’am, may I have another book by Cole.

And most importantly, don’t forget the sun screen at graduation.

About colealpaugh

Cole Alpaugh began his newspaper career in the early 1980's at a daily paper on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where he covered everything from bake sales to KKK meetings. He moved on to a paper in Massachusetts to specialize in feature essays, where his stories on a Hispanic youth gang and the life of a Golden Gloves boxer won national awards. His most recent newspaper job was at a large daily in Central New Jersey, where he was given the freedom to pursue more "true life" essays, including award winning pieces on a traveling rodeo, and an in-depth story on an emergency room doctor. The doctor's story ended when the physician brought back to life an elderly woman who'd once been his children's babysitter. The essay was nominated by Gannett News Service for a 1991 Pulitzer Prize. Cole also did work for two Manhattan-based news agencies, covering conflicts in Haiti, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and guerrilla raids conducted out of the refugee camps along the Thai/Cambodia boarder. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines, as well as most newspapers in America. Cole is currently a freelance photographer and writer living in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he spends his afternoons watching his daughter hit fuzzy yellow balls and ski through slalom gates. You can find him online at ColeAlpaugh.com.
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