Friday, October 2, 2009

A Librarian Changes a Life

With all the negative and disturbing book news I've been sharing lately, I thought it was time for something hopeful.

NPR reported on a human-interest story today about Olly Neal (left with daughter Karama) and Mildred Grady. As a young boy growing up in the 1950s, Neal hated school and when cutting class one day stumbled into the school library. He found a book on the shelves that piqued his interest, smuggling it out of the library in his shirt so no one would know he was reading. But Grady, the librarian at the time, caught on and was determined to help foster Neal's love of reading.

Read the NPR story HERE and find out what Grady did to help Neal.

I love stories like this--I don't hear them often enough these days. It rejuvinates my faith in people and in the future of the book to know that there are still, and have always been, people who truly care.

If you have a similar (or not-so-similar) hopeful story to share, please comment!

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