The launch party on 2 December was a great success. About 60 people braved the cold weather and joined us for warmth, camaraderie, great refreshments and great conversation. In addition to the 16 books that were pre-ordered, 21 more copies were ordered that night, for a total of 37 books sold. That amounts to more that $400 raised for the Tully Free Library's development fund!

We thank everyone who came for their generosity and warmth. Here are a few pics from the launch. (I apologize if I didn't get your name right, or if I wasn't able to identiy you. Please let me know if I've made a mistake so I can correct it.

Tully is a great community. Special thanks go to Ilene Puente, Richard Puente, Lorraine Tickner, and Betsy Shahan for their help in organizing the launch, to Charlene Hecht for taking the photographs. Special thanks to Betsy Mazanek, who donated a copy to the library! Thanks everyone!

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We gathered at 7 that night. The party quickly picked up to a lively evening. Left: Joan Kennedy, Dave Cassell, Irene Maskalony, Wendy Park, Donna Evans-Orr, Marsha Swan. Middle. Richard Puente, Ilene Puente
(facing away), Kourtnie Chimene, Ginny Robinson, Eleanor Clawson, Kathy Amos. Right: Kids, too!. Kahley Sweeney, Mikayla Creagan, Mady Lombardo, Emma Turner. Mr & Mrs Joe Grace look on.

We had a great time. Left: Ilene Puente, Betsy Shahan, Tino Dickerson. Middle left: Carol and Caroline Gleason. Middle right: Mady Lombardo, Emma Turner. Right: Brent Esposito, Jackie Turner

We had a lot of old friends come too, from near and afar. Left: My folks came from California. Neil Turner (l) talks to Tony Lombardo. Middle left: The big surprise of the night was the unexpected arrival
of my major professor, Dick Tracy, out all the way from Reno, Nevada. Middle right: Pat Turner brought her usual flair to the refreshments and preparations. Here she is standing behind an edible termite
mound. Right: Debbie Turner (l) was able to catch up with an old friend, Cynthia Kieber (r).

Left: Here's that edible termite mound before we tucked in! Middle: Dick Tracy, Tony Lombardo, and Debbie Turner. Right: Donna Evans-Orr, Debbie Turner, Charlene Hecht, Tino Dickerson.

Left: The littlest accomplices. Marcus and Michael Lombardo. Middle left: Betsy Shahan kicks off the reading with a wonderful introduction. Middle right: I read some excerpts from the book. Right: And I 
answered questions.

End of the party. Left: The kids hung in there. (l to r) Jackie Turner, Brent Esposito, Mady Lombardo, Emma Turner. Middle left. Melissa O'Mara and Ginny Robinson hung in there too. Middle right: My folks,
Neil and Pat Turner. Right: Phew! Debbie and Scott Turner.