Monday, August 15, 2011

Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile

Houston, Gloria. 2011. Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile. Ill. by Susan Condie Lamb. New York: Harper.

North Carolina resident, Gloria Houston, tells the true story of Dorothy Thomas, a young woman from Massachusetts who wanted to become a librarian,
in a fine brick library
just like the one in the center of the square
in her hometown.
But instead, she fell in love, married and moved with her husband to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where there was no fine brick library.  In fact, there was no library at all - until the people of the community raised funds for a new green bookmobile, and eventually, "a little white house to be used as a library."  And so, Miss Dorothy delivered and provided books to her community and the surrounding areas, and in doing so, she became a hero to her community - and to Gloria Houston, who wrote this book.

Susan Condie Lamb's illustrations capture both the simplicity and earnestness of the past, and the beauty of one of my favorite places, the Blue Ridge Mountains.  A simply lovely book!

Pair this one with other stories of unusual book-toting librarians, Jeanette Winter's, Biblioburro (2010, Beach Lane) or Daniel Pinkwater's, Aunt Lulu (1988, Macmillan).

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  1. Lisa, thank you for letting me know about this book. My wife was a student in one of Gloria's classes and really enjoyed the experience. I like books like this and Biblioburro as they touch upon the importance of books and reading.

  2. Miss Dorothy and her books inspired Gloria, Gloria inspired your wife, your wife inspired you (here, of course, I assume!) and you inspire children to read more books. We've come full circle. What wonderful things a book can do! :)

  3. This looks like a really interesting read. Stories like these are inspiring particularly in this day and age when libraries are not as valued as they should be. I shall look out for this book. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I remember bookmobiles from my youth, living in a 'smallish' prairie, Canadian city. Loved it!! I'll look for this one. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  5. We loved reading 'My Great-Aunt Arizona' by Gloria Houston, so I know this will be a winner too. Her style of writing really appeals to me. Thanks for the recommendation!


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