Title: Librarian on the Roof! A True Story
Author: M.G. King
Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Concepts: human resources, jobs, fundraising, public services
Review: RoseAleta Laurell had already built a strong reputation as a mover and shaker during her tenure as library director at Dr. Eugene Clark Library, the oldest public library in Texas. She had overseen a thorough restoration and expansion of the building, brought in more Spanish resources, and pressed for greater public access to library computers.
Ms. Laurell outdid herself, though, in October 2000 when she went on a major fundraising drive by camping out for a week in a tent that she pitched on the library’s dome rooftop. She aimed to raise $20,000 to fund the creation of a children’s section, but would people respond to such an outrageous stunt?
Based on a true story, young learners will gain an interesting account of the energy and creativity that can go into fundraising efforts, particularly during lean economic times when donors are less willing to open their wallets and pocketbooks. Cartoon-style illustrations and the catchy title will help to draw in readers who otherwise may avoid a book about finances and community activism.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children