While Whidbey Reads 2020 didn’t happen as planned due to coronavirus, the author event will live online as An Evening with Laurie Frankel at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11. The public is invited to register and participate.
The New York Times bestselling author was scheduled to visit Whidbey Island in April as part of the annual Whidbey Reads program. Her book “This Is How It Always Is” was the 2020 Whidbey Reads selection. Growing coronavirus concerns forced the cancellation of all in-person Sno-Isle Libraries events and programs through August.
“With the successful reconfiguration of many library programs for online access, I thought there might still be a way to bring Frankel and our customers together,” Oak Harbor Library Information Assistant and Whidbey Reads Project Lead Marie Byars said. “Better yet, the online platform would offer many more people the opportunity to experience an author event.”
Frankel was willing and agreed to appear virtually, so the Sno-Isle Libraries officials gave the green light to the event.
“Now, all Sno-Isle Libraries customers can spend an hour with her,” Byars said.
An Evening with Laurie Frankel will be a Zoom webinar with an interview format. Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey will moderate the interview.
Registration with an email address is required. When customers register for the event, they’ll have the option of including a question for Frankel. If multiple people want to view the event on the same device, only one registration is necessary. A link to join the event via Zoom will be emailed to registered participants the morning of the event.
Customers can download the free Zoom application at zoom.us.
Funding for Whidbey Reads comes exclusively through donations from the Friends of the Library groups of all five Whidbey Island community libraries.