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I just recently moved to the Dallas, Texas area a couple months ago. You might ask if the first thing I did was eat tex-mex or buy a pair of cowboy boots. Nope. I went to the local library and filled out an application for a card.
After multiple moves over the past few years, I've learned that one of the best ways for an introverted writer to get plugged into a new community is to visit the nearest library branch. Besides the plethora of books to delve into for recreational and research purposes, there are interest group meetings, informational panels, and other events to get involved in.
Since coming to Dallas, I've been able to get involved in a vintage costume group, get research tips from fellow writers, talk with romance readers, learn new swing dance moves, and attend free workshops, ranging from writing techniques to medieval heraldry. Maybe not all of these things will be used for a book, but the camaraderie I've gained from attending these events has been invaluable.
What unique ways has the library inspired you or helped you in your writing/reading?