Friday, December 4, 2009

Library Friends to Host Book Signing

Friends of the Pike County Libraries will host a book signing by local author Mary Gecowets from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Friday, December 11th at the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library in downtown Waverly.

Mrs. Gecowets, well-known retired Waverly City Schools teacher and physical fitness trainer, will greet the public in the Meting Room on the lower level of the library, where copies of her book -- "Are You Ready to Teach?" -- will be offered for sale for $15.99. Refreshments will be offered.

According to Jean Roberts of Friends of the Pike County Libraries, "this is the perfect opportunity for folks to pick up a wonderful Christmas gift for a child, grandchild, or friend who is thinking about going into the field of education. It's also a great read for those already in the profession."

Mrs. Gecowets taught in the Waverly City Schools system from 1974 to 2001, specializing in health and physical education, coached the Waverly High School Lady Tigers basketball team, and was instrumental in starting PAWS...People Assisting Waverly Students. She also worked eight years at a crisis center answering calls for a five county area. Originally from Defiance, OH, Gecowets went to Miami University and had a dual major in Health and Physical Education. She received her masters in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Dayton.

Of her book, which she started writing just before she retired, she says: "Being a teacher is much more than just preparing lesson plans every day. One must have the desire to teach to reach out to students--to make a difference in their lives. You are thinking about teaching, but are you ready for it?" Says a former colleague: "I found the book an absolutely delightful read. Every young person considering teaching as a career, as well as those ready to being this wonderful profession should read it and keep it in their classroom desk drawer."

Immediately prior to the book signing on Friday, Friends of the Pike County Library will hold a bake sale from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, also in the lower level meeting room.