This post is dedicated to all the hard-working librarians.
This review is a few days early since the on-line book fundraiser, that I listed in the Activities section, ends this Sunday Oct 14th. Please go check out the post, and if you can donate a book or spread the word. Thanks!
Authors: M.G. King (interview at Miss Marple’s Musings)
Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company, 2010
Book Type: Non-Fiction
Themes: Activism, Library
Synopsis (from Amazon website):
When RoseAleta Laurell begins her new job at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, she is surprised that the children of the town think the library is for adults. She vows to raise the money for a children’s section and spends a week living and working on the library roof, even surviving a dangerous storm. With the help of the entire town, RoseAleta raises over $39,000 from within the community and across the country.
Today if you look through the front window of the Eugene Clark Library, you will see shelves stacked full with children’s books and tables and chairs just the right size. You will see artwork on the walls, and a row of busy computers. Best of all, you will always find crowds of children who love to read and learn inside the walls of the oldest library in Texas.
- The Austin Chronicle newspaper article.
- Local news video clips of the fundraising event. Video1 Video2
Make a Difference:
- Opportunity to help out the library at Ballou Sr Highschool in Washington D.C. Please read this post at Guys Lit Wire blog site. This is the third year they are running an online book fair to help stock the shelves of the Ballou library. The book fair ends this Sunday, October 14th. Excerpt from the post:
“When we began with Ballou in 2011 there were just over 1,500 books in the library, or 1.25 for each of the nearly 1,200 students. Now, they have 5,484 which means we are about a third of the way to our goal of meeting the ALA standard of eleven books for each student.”
- Donate books to your local library!
- Check out this awesome post from Playing by the Book – Worldwide List of Reading/Literacy Charities 2012.
Why I Like This Book:
An inspiring story of one woman’s vision and sheer determination to make people take notice of the importance of libraries for the youth. The book does a wonderful job of capturing RoseAleta’s passion and gum-shin, she clearly doesn’t take no for an answer. The story reads likes a tall-tale which is what makes it even more unbelievable to know that everything is true: tent on top of the roof, boombox and mic, storm, fundraising by the community. It is true there were mixed feelings by the community about here being up on that roof, but thankfully there were more supporters than naysayers as they were able to raise double their original goal.
This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.