Martin, who is the dayschool director at Westwood Dayschool, says that one day while teaching preschool she needed to fill time, so she had the students sit down and assigned them animals to tell stories about. She began telling about Lexis, the lion who had hiccups, and the children filled in the story with their creativity. She typed up the story as it was made up and sent it to the parents. Later she embellished it and turned it into a book. Martin has six more books waiting for a series, “Adventures of Missy,” a story of a little girl growing up in a big family.
Besides her writing, Martin sings with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Chorus and with the Tennessee Ladies Chorale. She has two children, Amanda and Daniel, and three grandchildren, Serenity, Donovan and Henry. She also plays the clarinet. The whole family are musicians, she said.
Have you ever wondered how to start searching for your family tree? “Discover … Your Roots,” a beginner’s introduction to Genealogy Resources, will be held at the Craigmiles-Johnston House History Branch Library, Oct. 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. Nikki Branam, teen librarian, will give a general overview of how to use our databases, Heritage Quest and Ancestry.com, to begin your search. Start completing those family trees today.
Friends of the Library Association has started accepting reservations for the upcoming Fall Authors Event, Oct. 24, at the Cleveland Country Club with guest author Janie Dempsey Watts. The cost for the luncheon with Merchants Alley is $35. Send or drop off your check today to reserve your spot.
Having trouble downloading books on your e-reader from the R.E.A.D.S. service? Check out one of our free workshops to help you get started reading e-books for free. All classes and workshops are free to those with a valid library card and are posted on our online calendar.
For more information about the library and its services, go to www.clevelandlibrary.org.