New book to benefit non-profits and boost tourism in Tyler

New book to benefit non-profits and boost tourism in Tyler

Tyler (KTYX) -- In a couple of weeks you'll be able to get your hands on a new children's book featuring what makes Tyler special. The project is prompting calls from around the country.

Less than a year ago at a conference, Tyler Junior League President Shannon Glenney says a light bulb came on. "I was looking for a souvenir for my children, and I pickup up 'Goodnight San Francisco', and I thought Tyler needs this book and so that got the wheels turning," Glenney said.

She found it wasn't hard to get league members or the community behind the new project.

"We are printing 5,000 books with the first run," Glenney said.

"Goodnight Rose City" is now a reality and while it may be a great bedtime story, every sale serves another purpose.

"The perk to that is that when you purchase the book, all of it will go back into the worthwhile projects of the league and the non-profit agencies we support," Glenney said.

This book is written entirely by the committee of 10 members.

"I have a background in journalism and writing, and so I was interested in being apart of all of that," Tish McGuire, a book committee member, said.

McGuire says there were some late nights to figure out what to include that best represents the Rose City.

"We cut, cut, cut and went over our list," McGuire said.

The City of Tyler is one of the sponsors of the book, using money designated for tourism and marketing.

"We wanted to make sure we're included in anything that invites people to come to Tyler that increases our tourism and we think this a very positive way to feature Tyler," Mayor Barbara Bass said.

The Rose Festival, Tyler Library, and Caldwell Zoo are all features you can expect in Goodnight Rose City.


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