While choosing library books for a retirement home, I was captivated by one of the books. It has a beautiful, inviting cover. And it is about a librarian. I opened the cover and this is what I read:
|This is not the cover, just a great picture.|
I knew that I had to quickly read that book before delivering the 'stack'.
With a backdrop of Illinois during the depression, Alice Grace Ripley, an unemployed librarian takes boxes of books to a needy settlement in Kentucky. The library there delivers books to remote areas by horseback.
This book was completely fiction, and a fun read, but it reminded me of another fiction book that was based on fact.
"The Camel Bookmobile" by Masha Hamilton
The author of this book, a journalist, had heard about the 'mission' and decided to make the story into fiction with a short trip to Kenya, which did not help to make the book sound authentic.
Any other librarians??? Oh, yes, in one of my favourite books: "Where the Heart Is" by Billie Letts. The librarian is actually a drunk who lives above the library. Her brother, Forney Hull, one of the fascinating characters that makes the book special, covers for his sister in operating the library. He had a copper-coloured beard and a brown stocking cap pulled over his head as he skulked among the shelves. And he turned out to be the hero of the book.
Any other librarians???? Oh, yes, me!