Each year at this time we celebrate the role of books in our lives and communities. A book that celebrates the lengths some people have gone to to ensure that the people in their communities have access to libraries is Librarian on the Roof by M. G. King.
This children’s book tells the true story of RoseAleta Laurell, a new librarian who arrives at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart Texas. It is a musty old place which the idealistic and energetic RoseAleta sets out to transform. She makes many changes and soon realizes that there are no children in the library. She decides that children need their own space in the library which can be had for $20,000. After sending many fundraising letters, all to no avail, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She takes to the roof to raise awareness for her campaign. After a week which included some nasty stormy weather, she raised almost $40,000.
Fortunately the librarians in our community have not had to take to the roof to raise funds, but the book is a reminder of the importance of libraries to the community and all who love to read.