Here is another too-cute-for-words book published by Peachtree books. This is one all you readers out there will definitely identify with. It is the story of a young boy named Melvin who lived in the Livingston Public Library.
“Well . . . he didn’t really live there. He just spent lots and lots of time there.”
This book talks about the librarians who helped Melvin look up historical facts, located information for science projects, found books to assist in spelling competitions, etc. As the years go by they participate in various aspects of his life, all the way through high school graduation. When Melvin leaves for college, he keeps in touch with these zany librarians who played such a big role in his formative years. At the end of the book we discover that, due to the love and faithful support of these librarians, Melvin is inspired to become a librarian himself!
This is a great story and one that I found particularly meaningful as I grew up having a favorite librarian. When I was young she would go away to book shows and bring me back posters of book covers to hang on my wall. From Hank the Cowdog to the American Girls Collection, I had reminders of my favorite characters, as well as the influential librarian, staring at me constantly from my bedroom walls. I loved her (and those posters)! To this day my mom, who still frequents the same library, says that librarian asks about me and my family. Despite the fact that I’m now hundreds of miles away and have my own little bookworms to raise, she still remembers me as I remember her. If every child could be so blessed!
The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris is a fantastic book which recalled fantastic memories. Definitely a treasure of a book worth owning.
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.