Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Librarian on the Roof: A True Story

Librarian on the Roof!: A True Story
by M. G. King
ill.by Stephen Gilpin
picture book biography
Chicago, Ill. : Albert Whitman, 2010

RoseAleta Laurell is a real-life librarian. When she began working at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas she found it a dusty, dark and dreary place. The town's children never visited the library, they thought it was just for adults. RoseAleta was determined to set them straight and make them feel more than welcome. When all of her original ideas to raise money didn't bring the desired results, she decided to camp out on the library roof. She vowed to stay up there until enough money had been raised to create a fun and inviting children's section. She weathered ridicule as well as terrible rainstorms, but she toughed it out until the people came through! The changes in the library were phenomenal and all because of one librarian!

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