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Mid-Continent Public Library’s ReadLOCAL collection celebrates the literary achievements of writers who currently live within the Library’s service area. MCPL is proud to support local authors and to bring their stories to friends and neighbors in our shared community.

ReadLOCAL encompasses a vast range of writing styles and genres—from mysteries and westerns to juvenile nonfiction and healthy cookbooks. Books in the ReadLOCAL collection stem from various publishing backgrounds—self-published, hybrid published, small press, and large or traditional publisher (with the odd New York Times bestseller sprinkled in)—and have all been published within the past few years.

Browse All ReadLOCAL Authors

Submit Your Work to ReadLOCAL

ReadLOCAL Inclusion Criteria:

  1. The submitted work must fit within MCPL’s Collection Development Policy.
  2. The author must currently reside within the MCPL district or within a reciprocal service agreement district.
  3. The submitted work cannot have an original publication date older than 10 years, and the author is still actively writing/publishing.
  4. The submitted work cannot be a multi-author anthology unless all authors meet the ReadLOCAL criteria.
  5. Must be prepared to supply proof of professional editing.
  6. Must be prepared to show demand for work and illustrated knowledge of audience.
  7. No e-pub only.
  8. Only the first in the series until demand is established.
  9. The submitted work must have library appropriate binding and contain no added media.

To submit your work for consideration of inclusion in the ReadLOCAL collection, email

Featured Author: Jen Mann

Jen Mann is the hilarious New York Times best selling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges as well as several anthologies and short collections. Her books are inspired by her immensely popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat. Jen lives in Kansas with the Hubs and her two children, Gomer and Adolpha - no, those aren't their real names, their real names are actually worse. Jen spends her free time crafting and volunteering with the PTO. Seriously.

Read Jen's Books

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