In 2009, I went to Durham, NC, for a Bosoms book event organized by Jennifer Lohmann of the Durham County Public Library. It was easily one of the best Bosoms events I attended – she worked with the local Barnes & Noble to host the event, and the local RWA chapter came out as well. Y’all. THERE was a LINE.
The best part was meeting Jennifer. She spends much of her time building knowledge, education and respect for the romance genre in her own library system, and among the library science students she teaches, and when I learned about her efforts on behalf of romance, I had to tell lots and lots of people. Including RWA.
So imagine my booty-shaking delight when she won this year’s Librarian Award- WOO HOO! I’m so happy, I can’t even tell you. It is amazing and wonderful when people like Jennifer are recognized professionally for their work on behalf of the genre and the awesome women who read it. Congratulations, Jennifer!
And you know, when a librarian wins an award, my thoughts turn to… Photoshop.
YES. Photoshop contest ahoy! Here’s a really, REALLY awesome picture of Jennifer and her husband Lars:
And here’s the contest: take that image and make a romance cover out of it! Here’s a sample:
Obviously it was inspired by Karina Bliss’ What the Librarian Did but you can make it into a cover of whatever type of romance you like.
Jennifer and I will judge the entries. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore of her choice AND will direct a $50 contribution to the library or Friends of the Library organization of her choice. Yes, international libraries are entirely acceptable if I can figure out how to make a donation. The winner will also receive a big ol’ box of assorted romance novels from Jennifer from the RWA National conference in Nashville. She says she will make sure to get as many possible signed and will send them in August once she returns from the conference.
Entries are due Saturday 10 April 2010 by midnight EDT. The entries will be on display here early the following week, and the winner will be announced Wednesday 14 April 2010. Email your entry to sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom with ‘Librarian’ in the subject line. PLEASE make sure your graphics are no wider than 350 pixels!
Congratulations again to Jennifer Lohmann, and big thanks to the Durham County Library for being so awesome.