Oh, what an amazing day we had!
From the cake . . .
(Thank you, Angela!)
to the room that had been completely rearranged for our event . . .
and all the people who came to fill the seats . . .
There were even people standing at the back!
Inez said this is the biggest event the library has ever hosted AND (here’s a tidbit I just learned) the Didsbury Library is the oldest library in Alberta SO that means, Leaf’s Launch was the biggest Didsbury Library Event in over 100 years!
Now that’s something to celebrate!
Friends came from near and far.
and surprise visitors from Red Deer and Mundare.
(Mundare! Now that’s a drive!)
Another surprise visitor came from Leduc but I couldn’t find her smiling face in any of the photos (Louann, you are such a trickster!)
Inez introduced us . . .
Then I read the book,
(complete with very sweet comments from a little boy who was concerned about Leaf feeling sad)
while Elsie showed her beautiful paintings.
Here’s another tidbit that Elsie told me the night before the launch.
Elsie has hidden her name in most of the paintings so now, in addition to looking for Leaf, children of all ages can search for Elsie’s name camouflaged among the foliage.
I still haven’t found even one!
And I’ve been mooning over these images for several months now.
We don’t have a photo of the best part of the whole event (because I got so caught up in the idea of CAKE that I totally forgot until everyone was up and mingling), but I used my mega-phone voice to get Inez’s attention as Jacob stepped on to the risers.
He “launched” a copy of Leaf (securely swathed in bubble wrap) across the room to Inez who gracefully caught it and placed it on the library shelf.
Leaf was officially launched!
Then we continued with the mingling and cake-eating and book buying and signing.
Wasn’t that sweet of him?
So many people waited patiently to buy their books and get them signed. Sixty-seven copies of Leaf floated out the door on Saturday.
Did I mention that it was amazing?
I did a lot of specific thanking on Saturday so I will just make a general thank you once again to everyone who has supported me on this journey: from Stephen, who listened to my litany of fears as I took my first tentative steps into self-publishing and encouraged me to go for it . . . to the library bursting with friends, family and community well-wishers who came out to support Elsie and I on the day of the launch.
And all of the people who have congratulated me since, saying they had hoped to come to the launch but had other things going on that day. There was a LOT going on in Disbury on Saturday so it makes it triple-sweet that so many people chose to come to our event.
The remains of the cake captures the day perfectly.