Gulf Coast Summer Library Tour

What a summer for the Wise Mullet! Author Timothy A. Weeks had one of his busiest months ever, making 35 presentations at 30 public libraries across four Gulf Coast states, along with readings at three summer camps and signings at six bookstores.

With the BP oil spill impacting the Gulf Coast, the Wise Mullet did his best to bring joy to boys and girls unable to enjoy fishing and the beach.

Wearing his white shrimping boots, Weeks’ tales thrilled kids as the Wise Mullet survived hurricanes and dodged alligators, redfish, pelicans and cast nets. His storytelling was accompanied by projected illustrations of the Gulf Coast and old fishing photos, along with a cast net demonstration. Prizes were given away, including autographed books. Weeks’ mother and illustrator, Jeanne Weeks, accompanied him on the last week of visits.

Weeks kicked off the tour in Hancock County (MS) at the Kiln Public Library, home of football star Brett Favre. He also visited eight libraries in the Jackson/George County system (MS), including Pascagoula and Ocean Springs. In Alabama Weeks made 13 presentations at nine Mobile County libraries, as well as stops in Houston County (Dothan) and Baldwin County (Fairhope). In Louisiana Weeks visited 10 libraries in five parishes (Jefferson, St. Tammany, Assumption, Vermillion, St. Marys). Weeks finished the tour at the Taylor County Public Library (FL).

Special storytimes were also held at the John Calvin Summer Camp in Metairie (LA), the St. Michael Special School in New Orleans, and the Walter Anderson Summer Camp in Ocean Springs (MS). Weeks’ also found time for booksignings at three Barnes & Nobles (Dothan, Metairie, Mandeville), two Borders bookstores (Metairie, Panama City Beach) and Sun Dog Books (Seaside).

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