Wednesday, September 29, 2010


The dates for meetings at the library were put in place in June. Dates can change when the library is closed and when important events such as the library’s Dedication Ceremony on October 9th, take place. I will do my best to email or call if any changes occur. Please be patience with me as your president for both groups and the new library as they are trying to accommodate different groups and programs. The library is located at the corner of College Street and Shied-Hopper Bypass at 300 Library Hill, Mountain Home, Arkansas.
As of this date 9/25/010 our meetings are:
Oct 2
Nov 6
Dec 4
Please check the Donald W. Reynolds Library events calendar at Beware of changes. Any questions email me at or call 431-5369. Refreshments can be purchased at the Buffalo Coffee. Thank You.

Remember: The world is not perfect and neither am I.
Mary Nida Smith, President
North Central Children’s Writers and Illustrators

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mary Nida Smith ©

I am
The Book Protector
Be kind to books
For I am watching
I am
The Book Protector
You can not hide
I see everywhere
If you are unkind
To books
I will jump out
Take the book away
For I am
The Book Protector

The Book Protector (R)
is a registered Trade Mark,
by Mary Nida Smith.
I have done a rough drawing of how I see
"The Book Protector," a character designed
for kids and school libraries.
Awareness of how important caring for books
that bring knowledge to our own corner of
the world.

Monday, September 27, 2010

David L. Harrison, children's author Let the Voting Begin! Vote for September's poem of the month. It ends on the 29th. Vote for my poem or another poet's poem. Enjoy!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County. North Central Children's Writers & Illustrators took the tour last Saturday. Inside and outside of our new library is a well crafted piece of art. The tree is one of the many features in the Children's library. You must take a couple of hours to enjoy every nook and corner.

Saturday September 25th is the "Thing," a poetry reading and contest sponsored by the Baxter County Poetry Associations and the Donald W. Reynolds Library. It starts at 1 p.m. Don't miss it or you will regret it.

Wednesday, I got to see the beautiful board room. The Friends of the Library had their board meeting and our regular meeting where we all enjoyed the FOL birthday cake. The Buffalo Coffee is open and the fresh baked items filled the walls. Next week I'll be a greeter in the mornings. How many mornings, I am not sure.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS ASSOCIATION has a very interesting magazine that you can sign-up to be sent through your email. It is free and comes with author's video reviews and other people of interest. Check it out at

Sunday, September 19, 2010

LIFE: I need to make some changes in my life. I have taken on way too many responsibilities. Some responsibilities pop-up when you are not excepting them. Some can't be changed and others can be modified to work for everyone.

I have written two poems this month on the word "book." One was when I was a guest reader on David's blog September 15, and the other was for his word of the month page/contest. So, I can't say I wasn't able to squeeze in some writing.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

WOODLAND GARDEN: It feels like Fall. The deer herd is increasing and the Humming birds keep me busy making food - food for energy to fly to their winter home. Leaves have been falling without changing color. As the seasons change so do I. After a busy summer, a slower fall, and winter a quiet time to reflect and read some good books.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

GUEST READER on children's author David L. Harrison
David was kind enough to allow me to share part of my life that I tried to hide, and a poem about books and what they mean to me.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

NORTH CENTRAL CHILDREN'S WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS Important update: The Donald W. Reynolds Library will be open for our tour at noon and our meeting will follow 1-3. Don't be late for there will not be anyone to open the door. Be patience and everything will be exciting and wonderful. Thanks to our library staff who are working hard toward our opening date. Help out by donating your time or money. I will be one of the library greeters the last week of September. The Friends of the Library will soon meet. Check the library calendar on line.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"THE POETRY THING" 7th Annual Oral Poetry Contest - Sept. 25, 2010 in the new Donald W. Reynolds Public Library. Registration begins Sept 7th, Present your own poetry - Youth (Through 19 yrs.) & Adult Divisions - All poets are welcome. Gifts, prizes, awards and drawings. It is exciting to listen to all the wonderful poetry being read.

Baxter County Poets Association also meets at the library. Check the library website calendar for meeting date and time.

The Twin Lakes Writers enjoyed their tour and meeting last Saturday at the new library. It is soooo beautiful and large. The library itself is a beautifully designed piece of art. This Saturday Sept., 18th North Central Children's Writers & Illustrators will meet at noon for a tour and our meeting follows at 1 p.m. Don't be late for the library is only open for us. No one will be there to open the door until 3 p.m.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Preditors & Editors (R) Check this site for agents & editors and more to help protect yourself from dishonest companies.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

TWIN LAKES WRITERS will meet Saturday at noon for a tour of the new Donald W. Reynolds Library, Mountain Home, AR. Our regular meeting will follow from 1-3 p.m. Website: or call 870-431-5369 See you there! Mary Nida

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Squirrels: Little Mrs. M came into my life in 07 when she was with child; four little ones.

We have been friends ever since. She lived in one of the big Oak trees near the sun porch. We loved watching her. One day we watched her carry her young down into The Woodland Garden to the big Oak just within the garden gate. Then something happen in the spring of 2010 to Mrs. M.... If you want to hear the rest of her story comment if you would like to hear the ending. I'll need 20 comments to encourage me to tell you what happen. I love the stories that has been shared with me by those who have lived in or visited my garden.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

OREGON WRITERS: The Willamette Writers has a neat website with videos -

Thursday, September 02, 2010

DEER IN THE WOOLDLAND GARDEN. I have had this family of deer returning to my garden for two months. I have taken photos of them drinking out of the bird baths and eating from the bird feeder. It is sad when you have a hot and dry summer for all of nature's food dries up. I remember one summer there wasn't food for the squirrels, so they were swimming the lake to cross over in search of food. People who love animals were out in their boats saving as many as they could. Thank God for our six -inches of rain yesterday.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Writers Group Presidents: I have a few questions. I would love to have you share how you prepare for each meeting, and how often do you send press releases? I am the founder and president of two; Twin Lakes Writers (Founded 1998) and North Central Children's Writers & Illustrators( 2010). How often do you have speakers and do members request speakers? Do you have a logo and a poster for your group?

Both groups are excited about starting September meetings at the new library.