I'm blogging from the beautifully renovated Hartford Public Library's children's room, where I just finished one presentation for 50 or so middle schoolers from Hartford Classical Magnet School. They had some excellent questions, like: "Do you EVER feel at home when you're between cultures?" The librarians are taking me to lunch, and I have another talk scheduled at 4 p.m. In between lunch and session no. 2, I'm going to sit in a corner of this gorgeous, bright building and write more of Sparrow's story. As I told Casey Rondini, the Teen Librarian here, a community that invests this much in their library definitely qualifies as "New England's Rising Star" (the city's slogan).