Carla Morris - The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
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The Boy Who Was Raised By Librarians
by Carla Morris
[scene opens with Carla sitting in a chair and speaking directly to the camera]
CARLA MORRIS: Hi, my name is Carla Morris, and I'm the author or "The Boy Who Was Raised By Librarians." I would love to tell you how this book was written. It's actually based on a real story that happened at the library where I work. I'm a librarian and an author, and I would also love to tell you how librarians feel about children that come into the library; how we really want to help you find what you're looking for, and also we wanna be your friend, and maybe even a life-long friend.
[cut to Carla leafing through her book]
CARLA MORRIS: I wanna show you something that's really fun about this book. Brad Sneed is the illustrator, and he went to a library in his Kansas town.
[she shows an illustration on the title page]
CARLA MORRIS: This is a Carnegie library. Andrew Carnegie was a steel maker that made lots of money, and donated a lot of money to each state in the United States. Every state except for Rhode Island. So, you probably have a Carnegie library in your state or maybe even in your city.
[she points to the stairs in the illustration]
CARLA MORRIS: Something that's kind of interesting about this picture is that Andrew Carnegie wanted people to walk up the steps, to get in through those double doors of the library, and that is because it's symbolic of elevating yourself or raising your heights to a heigher level when you're walking into this library of learning.
[she puts the book down]
CARLA MORRIS: Well, I would really like to visit your school or your classroom, an actual visit or through Skyping, to tell you about my very favorite things, which are books, libraries, librarians and about the people who visit libraries.
Contact Peachtree for school visits.
"The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians" by Carla Morris with illustrations by Brad Sneed (2007)
Young Melvin spends his free time at the library. Three librarians, Marge, Leeola, and Betty, become his family--always happy to see him, help with his homework, and share his interests, even when it means Melvin's bugs escape their jar, and creepy crawlers invade the Livingston Public Library. Time passes, and the librarians help Melvin win a spelling bee; in high school, he takes a job as a page. When he goes to college, he misses his friends. In a heartwarming ending, another little boy comes to the library with questions, and Melvin is the new librarian, ready to help. Morris, a librarian herself, has clearly seen kids whose real home is the library, but it is rather unsettling that neither parents nor caretakers are ever mentioned. That said, this effectively shows the solid bond that can develop between librarians and their young patrons. Sneed's artwork, full of interesting perspectives, neatly personalizes the women, even if Melvin does look a bit nerdy. Overall, this paean to librarians will be nice to have on hand.
Melvin lived in the Livingston Public Library. Well... he didn't really live there. He just spent lots and lots of time there.
Everything has its place in the library and Melvin likes it that way. His favorite people--Marge, Betty, and Leeola--are always in their places behind the reference desk.
When something interests Melvin, the librarians help him find the very best information on the subject. When he collects creepy bugs in a jar, they help him identify, classify, and catalog them. When he is cast as the Enormous Eggplant in the school play, they help him find his motivation.
Melvin can always find the answers to his questions--and a lot of fun--in the library. Then one day he goes off to college to learn new things and read new books. Will he leave the library and his friends behind forever?