Wednesday, May 19, 2010

a library tale

With the future of Charlotte, North Carolina, public libraries in financial peril, I offer up yet another tale about books and children and librarians. And serendipity and wonder and changed lives. Tomas and the Library Lady is based on the life of Tomas Rivera (1935 - 1984), a child of migrant farm workers who grew up to become the chancellor of University of California, Riverside, and is widely regarded as the 'founding father of modern Chicano literature.'

Gorgeously illustrated by Raul Colon, the story will leave a poignant lump in your throat. I think that our library system here tried to change too much with the times, becoming a cross between a technology center and a big chain bookstore. When what really matters is that libraries simply exist, no matter how humble, and that there is someone inside whose passion and purpose is to connect people with the written word.

2 comments:

phonelady said...

yes our librarys are already closed twice a wk as it is sad really is nt it ?

phonelady said...

yes our librarys are already closed twice a wk as it is sad really is nt it ?